Severe Weather Project

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Severe Weather Brochure Project (Due 1/24)
You will create an informational brochure on a type of severe
weather. The diagram connected to this sheet shows a layout for
the information. Some of this project will be competed at home
and is due Fri. Jan. 24, 2014.
Severe weather topics to choose from (PICK ONE):
 Tornadoes
 Ice Storms/Freezing
Precipitation/ Hail
 Blizzards
 Heat Waves
 Monsoons
 Thunderstorms (Lightning &
 Floods/Flash Flooding
Thunder)
 Drought/Dust Storms
The cover: Write your chosen type of severe weather as an acrostic poem.
Each letter of the topic starts a word or phrase about weather. Include a
picture of the severe weather. If the picture is not your own, make sure
you cite where it is from.
Inside left cover: Give the origins of the severe weather.
1.) How does your type of severe weather form?
2.) What conditions are needed for this storm to form?
3.) Where in the U.S. and when are these types of storms most common?
Inside middle panel: Facts: What are the details of the storm?
1.) Is there a scale used to measure the intensity of this storm?
2.) How is your weather named or classified?
3.) What technology/tools do meteorologists use to monitor this type of
storm?
Inside right panel: Provide a list of at least 5 key vocabulary words, with
definitions, used to describe the type of storm.
Back left panel: Disaster Plan.
1.) How does one prepare for the storm?
2.) What should someone do if they are caught in this storm?
3.) What effects should someone expect from this type of storm?
4.) What type of clean-up or recovery should they expect?
Back middle: Works cited. You must use at least three reputable
sources. You must cite your sources by listing them here. If you use any
images, remember that you must cite those sources as well.
Grading: This rubric will be used to grade your project so make sure your project is in
the 4’s for all categories!
CATEGOR
Y
Cover:
Acrostic
Inside Left
Cover:
Origins of
the
weather
Inside
Middle
Panel:
Facts
about the
weather
Inside
Right
Panel:
Vocabulary
Back Left
Panel:
Disaster
Plan
Back
Middle:
Works
cited
Spelling
and
grammar
Overall
neatness
and look
4
3
2
1
Acrostic
uses all
letters of the
word and all
sentences
are
scientifically
correct
All 3
questions
are
answered
correctly
All 3
questions
are
answered
correctly
Acrostic is missing
1 letter of the word
and/or 1 sentence
is not scientifically
correct or no
picture
Acrostic is missing 2
letters of the word
and/or 2 sentences
are not scientifically
correct or no picture
Acrostic is missing 3
or more letters of the
word and/or 3 or
more sentences are
not scientifically
correct. No picture
2 of the questions
are answered
correctly
1 question is
answered correctly
No questions were
answered are all
were incorrect
2 of the questions
are answered
correctly
1 question is
answered correctly
No questions were
answered are all
were incorrect
5 or more
vocabulary
words are
defined
correctly
All 4
questions
are
answered
correctly
All 3 or more
sources are
cited
correctly
There are no
spelling/
grammatical
mistakes in
the
brochure.
Brochure is
neat,
colorful and
nicely
written or
typed.
3-4 vocabulary
words are defined
correctly
1-2 vocabulary
words are defined
correctly
No vocabulary words
were defined or all
definitions were
incorrect
3 questions are
answered
correctly.
2 questions are
answered correctly
1-0 questions were
answered correctly
Only 2 sources are
cited correctly
only 1 source is
cited correctly
No sources were
cited correctly
There are 1-2
spelling/grammati
cal mistakes in the
brochure.
There are 3-4
spelling/grammatica
l mistakes in the
brochure.
There are 5 or more
spelling/grammatica
l mistakes in the
brochure.
Brochure is nicely
done but could be
neater.
Handwriting is a
little sloppy, but
still colorful.
Brochure is not as
neat as it could be.
There are a few
mistakes or it isn’t
very colorful.
Brochure is not put
together well, it is
sloppy and messy. It
has little or no color.
Total points: ________/32
How to get it all done……
Step 1:
Research
Begin gathering the information for your brochure from the Internet, books
in class, or class handouts. Jan 15 – Jan 17
Step 2:
Rough Sketch
Draw a rough sketch of your brochure in pencil to be sure to plan for all of
the pieces of information. Due Jan 21st
Step 3:
Final Copy
Create your final copy of the brochure on construction paper. Use pencil
first just in case you make a mistake. Make sure it is legible for your peers
and attractive so others will want to read it! If possible consider typing
your information then gluing it in the proper location.
Step 4:
Finishing Touches
Add color, illustrations, and diagrams to your brochure to make it
appealing to others. Due Jan 24th
Weather Related Sites
Here are some websites that you might find useful in your search for information.
http://www.fema.gov/kids/dizarea.htm
(Federal Emergency Management Agency)
http://www.ready.gov/natural-disasters
(Federal Emergency Management Agency)
http://www.theweatherchannelkids.com/weather-ed/weather-encyclopedia/
(Weather channel)
http://illiniweather.com/pages/kids_weather_links.htm
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/reachout/kidspage.shtml
http://www.ucar.edu/40th/webweather/index.html
http://www.weatherwizkids.com/
http://www.scholastic.com/kids/weather/
http://scijinks.nasa.gov/weather-menu
http://www.miamisci.org/hurricane/
(Kids Weather Links)
(NOAA)
(Web Weather)
(Weather Whiz)
(Scholastic)
(NASA)
(Miami Science Museum – Hurricanes Only)
Give the origins of
the severe weather.
How does your type
of severe weather
form? What
conditions are
needed for this
storm to form?
Where in the U.S.
and when are these
types of storms most
common?
Disaster Plan. How does
one prepare for the
storm? What should
someone do if they are
caught in this storm?
What effects should
someone expect from this
type of storm? What type
of clean-up or recovery
should they expect?
Facts: What are the
details of the storm? Is
there a scale used to
measure the intensity of
this storm? How is your
weather named or
classified? What
technology/tools do
meteorologists use to
monitor this type of
storm?
Works cited. You must use
at least three reputable
sources. You must cite your
sources. If you use any
images, remember that you
must cite those sources as
well.
Provide a list of at
least 5 key
vocabulary words,
with definitions,
used to describe the
type of storm
Write your chosen type
of severe weather as an
acrostic poem. Each
letter of the word spells a
word or phrase about
weather. Include a
picture of the severe
weather. If the picture is
not your own, make sure
you cite where it is from.
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