"AND NOW FOR THE WEATHER...”
WEBQUEST

Developed by: Miss Ebert

(Fifth grade teacher)

Introduction - Task - Process - Resources - Evaluation - Conclusion

INTRODUCTION:
As a meteorologist of an evening news show, you and your co-workers need to write a script for tonight’s broadcast. Before your team can start, you will need to research for important weather information and local activities in your city.


TASK:
Your meteorologist team will write a script for the evening news. The script should include these components:
1) introduction
2) a review of current weather conditions
3) a forecast for the rest of the week
4) refer to local activities that the upcoming weather will affect
5) advice about preparing for the weather Each member of your team should be responsible for one of the components.
6) your team also needs to create a poster for the highs/lows and possible precipitation for the rest of the week. Your team will be presenting your broadcast in class.


PROCESS:

The introduction should get the viewers attention. You may want to use a joke or anecdote. In the introduction, you may want to report on what’s happening with the weather at that time. You need include a trivia question or report on a weather record from the past.
Weather Trivia Weather Trivia More Weather Triva

The review of current weather conditions in the country and your city needs to include:
* report on the current temperatures in the country
* report on highs and lows of that day
* report on any precipitation or chance of stormsreport on any precipitation or chance of storms
The Weather Channel USA Today  

The forecast for the rest of the week needs to include:
* highs and lows of each day
* expected precipitation
The Weather Channel USA Today

The upcoming weather may affect many local activities in your city. You will need to report on the local activity and mention how it may affect the event.
Yahoo -- Search for your city's chamber of commerce

Your advice on preparing for the weather can be very important to your viewers. You need to report on what the viewers can do to prepare for the upcoming weather. You can mention the local activities that were reported on earlier, and report to the viewers weather preparations they can make for their event.
 
Severe Storm Information Tips
 
Storm Ready

Your poster needs to show the highs/lows and possible precipitation for the rest of the week. Your team will also be presenting your broadcast to the class. Each team member needs to participate.


RESOURCES:

Yahoo or Google
(Search your city's chamber of commerce here!)

Weather forecasts:

weather.yahoo.com

www.wunderground.com

www.weather.com

Severe Weather Safety Guide
Wild Weather
(updates on severe weather and news stories)

USA Today

The Weather Channel

Weather Trivia


EVALUATION:

Evaluation Sheet for Student Project
Your team’s broadcast script and presentation will be worth 250 points.
 
Points Possible
Your Score
Introduction:
 

joke/anecdote

10
 
trivia/event
10
 
current weather
20
 
Review current conditions    
current temperatures
10
 
highs and lows
20
 
chance of precipitation
10
 
Forecast for the rest of week:    
highs and lows

20

 
expected precipitation
20
 
Local activities    
local activities
20
 
how weather affects activities
20
 
Preparation advice:    
weather advice for activities
20
 
points reminders on what to do in case of emergency
20
 
Poster/PowerPoint and Presentation:
50
 


CONCLUSION:
After presenting your broadcast to your class and listening to your peers’ broadcasts, what did you learn about weather? Would you like to be a meteorologist some day? Explain why or why not. You will also complete a peer evaluation.