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Weathering the Data

Danette Hasek/David Feurerbach
5th grade
Daves Creek Elementary School
Forsyth County Schools


In this task, students will collect current weather data by monitoring the weather each day. Students will use their knowledge to make several types of graphs and write an expository essay about their findings regarding two cities of their choice and the difference in their weather patterns.

Illustrative Task
Collect the temperatures for your city for one week and complete the following:
  • Record the data on your own chart.
  • Create at least two different graphs (one being a line graph)
Write a paragraph that:
  • demonstrates your data collection process
  • presents information you gathered from the data
  • explains why the graphs you chose are appropriate to display your information

GPS Addressed
M5D2. Students will collect, organize, and display data using the most appropriate graph.

English/Language Arts
The student produces informational writing (e.g., report, procedures, correspondence) that:
  1. Engages the reader by establishing a context, creating a speaker’s voice, and otherwise developing reader interest.
  2. Develops a controlling idea that conveys a perspective on a subject.
  3. Creates an organizing structure appropriate to a specific purpose, audience, and context.
  4. Includes appropriate facts and details.
  5. Excludes extraneous details and inappropriate information.
  6. Uses a range of appropriate strategies, such as providing facts and details, describing or analyzing the subject, and narrating a relevant anecdote.
  7. Draws from more than one source of information such as speakers, books, newspapers, and online materials

Video Information
Use these questions to guide your thinking about some of the important teacher ideas in the lesson featured in the video clip.
  1. What kinds of questions does the teacher ask to promote students’ problem solving?
  2. How is the teacher gauging students’ current understandings and building from those understandings?
  3. Consider the GPS standards listed with this video. How does the lesson featured in this video address each of these?
  4. What makes this lesson different from lessons you have taught on this topic?

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