Teacher Review for NOVA Labs: Cloud

Students use Actual Data to Predict Megastorms!

Donna M.
Classroom teacher
Vista Visions Academy
Vista, United States
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My Subjects Science, Health & Wellness
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
This online lab goes beyond the traditional weather unit. I follow the suggested sequence in the Educator Guide. After watching a brief tutorial, students identify types of clouds and then "watch" a megastorm develop by using the tools of a meteorologist; weather maps, photos, including satellite photos, and false color images. Students apply what they have learned by analyzing data to study the development of powerful storms so they can better predict their impacts. Finally, students have access to real-time data and can use the skills they have just learned to study a current storm.
My Take
I like the mix of teaching content through direct instruction and then allowing students to access data and draw conclusions on their own. The Educator Guide is well-organized with applicable NGSS standards aligned and additional NOVA resources linked to enable teachers to easily create a unit around this lab. An added bonus is the ability of students to connect to scientists who are working in the field.