Test out the
site before using it with your students. If you find any problems,
please email me. In several steps students will have to download and
print out graphic organizers and charts. Make sure that Adobe
Acrobat is installed on your computers since these files are in PDF
guidelines for printing information. For example, you may want to
print out and duplicate the forms in advance. If so, be sure to let
students know that they don't need to print the forms. You may also
want to limit the number of information pages they may print since
kids can easily get printer happy when they go online!
students set up a Destination: Climate Zone folder where they can
store all information and materials related to the project.
begin by reading the introduction and reviewing their task.
Allow time for
students to read about the various climate zones and submit job
applications to you (steps 1 and 2).
are assigned to a team, allow them to choose a partner from within
that team. You may want to allow some students may choose to work
alone; however, your struggling students either need to be in a
small group with the teacher or working with a partner. Each pair of
students may select a different location within the zone.
In Step 3
students will have to choose a location within their climate zone
and have it approved by you. Make sure that the location is within
the zone and will be a large enough city to have weather data
available. If students are unable to find weather data for that city
they will need to choose another before too much time passed.
locations are selected, students may progress through the remaining
steps in order. Each member of the team will complete the individual
assignments, but the entire group will collaborate on the final
You may want to
use the Evaluation Rubric to arrive at
students' final grades for the project. You may also want to have
them use the Project Self-Evaluation to
reflect on their own progress.