Weather- cities group project

Phase 1: City Research Groups Form & Students Become Experts

Students will be placed in a research group (numbered 1-9, 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 9 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.  I have 6 classes with up to 36 students.  Students are 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).

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.

Phase 4: Expert Groups Communicate Their Findings

Each expert group will make a 3-5 minute presentation of their product to the class.


Credit given to sources using MLA format 10
Temperature Data 10
Precipitation Data 10
Topography/Landform Data (including elevation & bodies of water) 10
Location Data (including longitude & latitude) 10
Storm Data 10
Conclusions are clearly supported by the data 10
Product communicates information in a clear and interesting manner 10
All members of group actively involved in the presentation 10
Audience is engaged in the presentation 10
TOTAL 100 possible







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