Tue, May 15, 2012 3:20 AM
Severe Weather Sci Guide
This was an interesting Guide. In Hawaii, we generally don't have weather that is too severe. However, this year was quite relevant as we had a week of "weird" weather that included thunderstorms, hail, even a rare water spout that moved inland and became a tornado.
That said, I used the tornado activity for my part of my unit on severe weather. I had to buy the video and had to make sure that it had closed captioning since I have a hearing impaired student. I "talked up" the movie to get my students excited about watching it, and on the day of the movie I announced that I wanted to instill empathy and compassion for others (my hearing impaired student), and played the video without sound for 20 minutes (parent gave permission to do so). Obviously, students were a bit upset and "uncomfortable" with it, which was exactly what I was shooting for.
I used the chart provided by the lesson where students were to describe the scene, describe the phenomenon, your observation, an experts opinion, and "how did I do."
My instructions were to jot down all the scientific inaccuracies that you observe, and look up how true they are using the internet. Big mistake--as much as I tried to specify to look for inaccuracies related to the tornadoes, the students focused on the inaccuracies of the special effects (car driving through a huge fire, people being sucked out by the tornado, but not the farm animals). To remedy this, I should have made simpler, and more specific headings on their chart. For example, the headings should be Tornado inaccuracies, experts opinion, website, how did I match up with the experts.
I did show the whole video to the students, which took 2 whole days to do. This was a bit too much time, but I was a little ahead in my schedule and wanted my students to enjoy the movie. In the future, if time is short, I could definitely show just the relevant parts and skip the fluff.
In the future, I'm not so sure I would repeat this activity. If I do, I would definitely be more specific as to what to look for /observe, and be more structured in terms of what I want from them