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Item 6  12-MAR-1998 21:38 Kristina (Tina) Bishop (tina)

Here is the place to list your project topic. Looking forward to seeing your ideas.

6:1) 20-MAR-1998 15:47 Cathleen Cannon (ccannon)

   I will present a classroom application aimed at elementary grades 5-6.  My topic will be "Science in Action".  I am planning on formatting a lesson which will show:
   What is El-nino?
    What do we basically know?
      What yet is to be discovered?  

My plan is that by participating in the lesson:  

   1. Students will gain a basic understanding of the El-Nino Event.
   2. Students will gain an appreciation that there is still more to be discovered.
   3. Students may become interested in pursuing careers in Oceanography, Engineering, Physics, and the Sciences in general.

6:2) 20-MAR-1998 16:36 Kristina (Tina) Bishop (tina)

Thanks Cathleen,
You mentioned that your project will be "Science in Action." Will the students be doing some action research or some hands-on activities? Will you use any of the activities presented in this workshop?

6:3) 20-MAR-1998 18:55 Cathleen Cannon (ccannon)

   Yes...I am planning on having the students do hands-on activities and investigations which demonstrate various aspects of El-Nino.   Right now the activities are developing in my head.  I hope to try out some of my ideas this weekend.  (I "use" my personal children as my guinea pigs.)
   I do not plan to use activities from the workshop...I am designing my own very visual, hands-on activities to demonstrate various aspects of El-Nino.
   Perhaps there is a better title for my topic?

6:4) 22-MAR-1998 14:56 Hellen Chong Tai (htai)


Our school just acquired a computer lab filled with 25 Internet accessible computers for the sixth through eighth graders.  I would like to design an instructional package that will have the students investigate the El Nino phenomenon by exploring various web sites that I have investigated and deemed reading level appropriate for our school population.  Lynbrook North Middle has a web page and it would be nice if we can write a student page on El Nino and list related sites for other children to investigate.  How about "The ABC's of El Nino?"  Our booklet will try to include everything from the effects of El Nino on weather to the organisms living in the sea and on the land.  At the present moment, only the computer teacher and a few students have the knowledge to write a web page.  

Besides reading and writing, I would like the students to make use of Ron Crouse's slide presentation and activity titled  "Mapping El Nino."  This is an excellent opportunity to use their map skills.  Collecting data and creating an isotherm map will be a very challenging and rewarding task for them.  

Investigating density in the science class will be part of our quest to learn about El Nino.  Using colored water and beakers, the children can compare the difference between the densities of salt and unsalted water and the difference in densities between cold and warm water.  

The final component of my project will have the students create a bulletin board with two large maps of the United States.  One map will show a normal winter pattern of the jet stream and weather for the country and a second map will show our 1997-98 El Nino Winter Weather and the change in the jet stream pattern.  

Tina, can you give me an idea as to when this project is due?  Are we mailing this or should it be sent over the e-mail?  I hope you don't want this earlier than June.  I even need more time to digest Dr. Chambers's satellite altimetry presentation.  


6:5) 22-MAR-1998 18:08 Charlene I. Branch (cbranch)

El Nino Project:  Students at 7/8 grade with Learning Disabailities.  Goal Students will study "What El Nino is and the effect it has on the earth."
Begin with KWL listing items on poster.
1.  Use a globe and physical may to locate El Nino
2.  Create and "ocean" to identify currents, heat and wind effects
3.Chart/grahp the precipitation and temperature in the Pacific and Kansas
4.  Find items in newspaper on El Nino for a poster.
5.  Student will prepare an oral or written report over an effect from at least 3 sources.
Grade 80 points:
1.  To be able to locate El Nino: name at least one place. 5 pts
2.  Identify 3 effects on the ocean(explain what/how it happens. 15pts.
3.  Create 2 different graphs/charts to compare temperature and precipitation.  20 pts
4.  Display at least 3 news clippings on El Nino on a poster: neatness, and number of articles.  10 pts
5.  Oral report: use gradelevel QPA form
    Written report: use 6 trait writing points
30 points
Project will be a cooperative assignment.
Yes, I would also like to know when it will be due.

6:6) 23-MAR-1998 09:56 Kristina (Tina) Bishop (tina)

Charlene and Hellen, Your projects sound fine. As far as the due date, I was hoping to finish the workshop requirements by the end of April and submit the grades. However, there should not be a problem with extending the due date until June 15. If there is a problem with that date, I would have to submit an Incomplete grade to U MD and then have it changed when your projects are completed. Just to clarify--you do not have to actually implement the lessons or activities in the classroom in order to get the credit, just design and develop the activities/lesson plans, with a plan for implementation and evaluation. Hope this helps!

6:7) 24-MAR-1998 22:13 Charlene I. Branch (cbranch)

Tina, are we to mail out lesson plans to you? Thanks for the help.

6:8) 24-MAR-1998 23:26 Kristina (Tina) Bishop (tina)

We will set up an "item" in this College Classroom area and you can just upload your word processing file there. You can see when you type in an response here that it says "upload a file." It is an easy process, but if for any reason you have any trouble doing that, you could mail the lesson plans.

6:9) 02-APR-1998 16:55 Lynn Whitley (lwhitley)

Hi everyone. I'm Lynn from Sea Grant and I have been out of town and offline upon my return, so am delighted to finally get back into the workshop and see the progress.  I think the projects sound quite good.  I only had one suggestion, for Charlene, (perhaps it really is a question!): When you have your students compare the temperature and precipitation for the Pacific and Kansas, do you think it is also possible for them to create (based on your experiences and knowledge gained in this workshop) a simple comparison (graph, chart or map) comparing an El Nino and a non-El Nino year? In light of your particular students, the lesson we are using in this workshop might not be I am wondering if just a general simplified comparison chart, perhaps from few specific pieces of data that you present to them might be helpful?  I am very interested in your class and in your ideas and would enjoy hearing more about your project.  

I am also interested in hearing about the other two projects posted: Cathleen's hands-on activities and Hellen's mapping and bulletin boards and websites. It's great to have such talented teachers involved.

6:10) 05-APR-1998 23:17 Charlene I. Branch (cbranch)

We will be using line or bar graphs to compare the two.  They will pick a specific location and use the information on a weekly  base if not monthly so they do not become overwhelmed. We have been stressing graphic displays all year so most of the students are comfortable with them.  The Mapping Activity from the slides will be a good visual guide.

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