Phase 1: City Research Groups Form & Students Become Experts
Students will be placed in a research group (numbered 1-8, depending on class size). Each group will choose a city by drawing a city name in class. Groups will work cooperatively to collect data about their city. Each student will become an expert on their city.
(Note to teachers: You will need 8 ziploc bags. Print one copy of this weather-cities-project-cities-listed-by-choice-groups to cut and put into the bags. Print one copy to note which city groups choose. Students sit in groups of up to 4 students. Since each group will draw from a different ziploc bag, each group will choose city from a different region of the United States). The next class draws from the same ziploc bags so their groups will have different cities so every project is unique. This lets class displays from other classes become a true resource for learning instead of something to copy.
Phase 2: Expert Groups Form and Collaborate To Answer The Question “Why is the weather different in these cities?”
Now that each student is an expert on a city, they will partner with students who are experts for different cities. This means that new expert groups of 4 students will form. Each member of the new group must be an expert representative for a different city. Expert groups will collaborate to determine why the weather in their cities is different.
(Note to teachers: Because the original research groups have a city from a different region, the new groups are guaranteed to have cities with different factors influencing their weather.)
Phase 3: Expert Groups Produce a Product
Each expert group will create product that communicates why the weather is different in their cities. Groups have freedom to choose how they will communicate their data, analysis, and conclusions but it must be approved by the teacher. Possible products include: poster, powerpoint, news/weather channel report, etc. There must be something tangible to turn in (could be a transcript or a video for dramatic presentation).
Phase 4: Expert Groups Communicate Their Findings
Each expert group will make a 3-5 minute presentation of their product to the class.
rubric option 2 (used previously, kept here for teachers still using, 10 point increments)