Collaborative and real-time data projects engage students in collecting, analyzing, and sharing data from web-based databases; as well as allow communication with other students around the world. These kinds of projects are highly motivating to students because they bring classrooms together from across the globe in shared learning experiences.
For this project, we created a collaborative wiki where middle school teachers and students (grades 5-8) from around the world can share their weather information (including images, audio and video). From this wiki, the students will be able to learn about the different types of weather and compare weather patterns, temperatures, and precipitation.
This will be a year long project! We will begin in late September and end sometime in late May/early June. If you decide to join the project, you will need to have either yourself or your students upload the weekly weather forecast for your area every week.
An example page titled "Project Example" was created on our wiki to help you get an idea of what your completed project page should include.
Hi Kristen, this looks like a great project and I love the way you have used glogster for you opening wiki page. All the best and I hope you get others from around the world sharing their weather - something we all have in common!
Your project sounds fascinating! Many of the steps for collecting and analyzing data and observations are similar to some of our projects here at Journey North. We engage students to share their observations of seasonal events, daylight and phenology. Please check our our discussion entitled,
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Perhaps some of your project partners would be interested in joining this international science experiment!
Thanks, Mary at Journey North
Hi - I have a group of 2nd graders studying weather. It sounds like they would be a bit young for this project, but I thought I would ask. We live in southeastern Pennsylvania, USA. If our data would be helpful and the tasks not too complicated, we would be interested.
thanks, Sarah Kinder
The Agnes Irwin School
Rosemont, PA, USA
Thanks for your response. The tulip test project is commonly undertaken by 2nd graders. If you have a spot for a garden the students can study weather and climate at home and watch to see how other gardens across North America are affected by their weather and climate. It would be a more expanded way for you to look at geography in an authentic science-related experiment.
You are best qualified to know how or if you can expand into watching the affects of weather and climate on the emergence and growth of tulips. it would be a fun way for your students to report what is happening in SE Pennsylvania! Let me know if you have more questions.
Thanks for your interest!
Did you review the opportunities to look at weather and climate through Journey North's tulip Test Garden project? Great opportunities to collaborate with classrooms in Russia, Norway, Germany, The Netherlands, and the U.K. Let me know if you want more information. Journey North is now in year 17 of this big experiment that announces spring's arrival in your hometown.