Agriculture and Weather Teacher's Page
A  WebQuest for Grade 4, WebQuest Agricultural Series by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University
 

Weather affects our lives everyday. Ask students to listen to the weather report for several days to find out about the weather each day. Encourage them to think about how the weather is affecting their food or the clothes they will wear. It is true, weather is important to agriculture. Unfortunately many children assume that the weather is always sunny and warm on the farm because many children's books show farms and farm animals with the sun shining brightly. It is important that students realize that agriculture products require a diversity of weather to produce the food we eat and clothing we wear. Agriculture requires weather changes and the march of seasons to produce food products. The purpose of this WebQuest is to help students realize the relationship between weather and agriculture.

 

GRADING RUBRIC
  

Weather Forecaster Oral Presentation (20 pts. total)

PowerPoint Presentation (5 pts. each slide) x 10 (50 pts. total)

Cloud Graphic Organizer      (20 pts. total)

18-20 pts.
Well-developed & rehearsed
Presentation flows well
Able to answer questions from teacher or classmates clearly
Demonstrates understanding of crops or animals.

4-5 pts. per slide

Well-developed & well-organized
3+graphics/graphs/tables/pictures
Clear title
At least 4 important facts/details

18-20 pts.

Well-developed and attractive
Able to answer questions from teacher or classmates clearly
Includes at least 6 different kinds of clouds and 6 photographs

12-16 pts.

Fairly well-developed & rehearsed Presentation flows, but has noticeable gaps and pauses
Able to answer questions from teacher or classmates

3-4 pts.

Fairly well-developed & well-organized
2+graphics/graphs/tables/pictures
Clear title
At least 3 important facts/details
 

12-16 pts.

Fairly well-developed
Includes 5-4 different clouds
Includes 5-4 cloud photographs
Able to answer most questions from teacher or classmates

8-10 pts.

Somewhat organized and rehearsed
Presentation is interrupted somewhat frequently
Has difficulty answering questions from audience

2-3 pts.

Somewhat organized and developed
1+graphics/graphs/tables/pictures
Clear title
At least 2 important facts/details

8-10 pts.

Somewhat organized
Includes 2-3 different clouds                 
Includes 2-3 cloud photographs
Has difficulty answering questions

0-4 pts.

Not rehearsed/practiced
No flow to presentation
Unable to answer questions from audience

0-1 pt.

Not organized and developed
0-1 graphics/graphs/tables/pictures
No clear title
0-1 important facts/details

0-4 pts.

Includes 0-1 cloud photographs
Includes 0-1different clouds
Unable to answer questions
 


National Education Standards

TECHNOLOGY

  • Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.
  • Students use technology to locate, evaluate and collect information from a variety of sources.
  • Students use technology tools to process data and report results.
  • Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.
  • Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions.
  • Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world.

STRUCTURE OF THE EARTH SYSTEM

  • Clouds, formed by the condensation of water vapor, affect weather and climate.
  • Global patterns of atmospheric movement influence local weather. Oceans have a major effect on climate, because water in the oceans holds a large amount of heat.
     

COMMON CORE STANDARDS
Science: Strand 7, Sec. 1D
Science: Strand 5, Sec. 2F

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