PSA! Severe Weather!

Title of Lesson: PSA! Severe Weather

Subject: Science (Weather)

Grade level: Second Grade

Teacher: Brette Carey and Mary Catherine Robbins

Objective(s): (APS 4)

After discussing different types of severe weather, the student will demonstrate their knowledge of one type of severe weather by creating a PSA video in a group that includes two facts about the type of severe weather and two safety precautions they can take.

SCSDE Curriculum Standard(s) Addressed: (APS 4, 6)

  • 2.E.2A.4 Obtain and communicate information about severe weather conditions to explain why certain safety precautions are necessary.
  • 2.S.1A.8 Obtain and evaluate informational texts, observations, data collected, or discussions to (1) generate and answer questions about the natural world, (2) understand phenomena, (3) develop models, or (4) support explanations. Communicate observations and explanations using oral and written language.

Prerequisites: Indicate what the student must know or be able to do in order to achieve the stated objective.

  • The student must have working knowledge of video equipment (press record and put file on computer).
  • Students must have note-taking skills.

Materials/Preparation: (APS 6)

  • Severe Weather Powerpoint
  • Video cameras
  • Computers or books about severe weather
  • Paper and pencil

    Procedures: (APS 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)

  • Introductory Activity: “Have you ever experienced severe weather?” Allow students to describe to the class their experiences with severe weather when they are called on. If students struggle to understand what severe weather is, prompt them with your own story about severe weather. List the types of severe weather that students mention on the board.
  • Main Activity: Lead discussion with Severe Weather Powerpoint. “Have you ever heard a PSA on the TV or radio?” “What does PSA stand for?” The teacher will explain the activity to the students. Students will form groups (depending on the size of the class) and decide on a type of severe weather for their group. Students will then do further research into the type of severe weather they chose using computers and/or books.. When the groups finish researching, they will record a short PSA video about their type of severe weather no longer than three minutes. The students should include two facts about their type of severe weather and two safety precautions they can take in that weather.
  • Closure: The teacher will pick two to three groups’ videos to show to the whole class. The teacher will lead a discussion on these videos. “What did you learn from this video?” “Is there anything you would have added to the video?”

Assessment: (APS 3)

  • The teacher will informally assess students’ engagement and participation while working in groups.
  • Students will also be assessed by the following rubric for their video.
2 Points 1 Point 0 Points
Facts about Severe Weather Type 2 Correct Facts 1 Correct Fact No Correct Facts
Safety Precautions 2 Correct Safety Precautions 1 Correct Safety Precaution No Correct Safety Precautions
Clarity Presents all material in video in a clear and understandable way; very organized Presents some of the material in video in a clear and understable way, somewhat organized Does not present material in video in a clear and understandable way; not organized

Adaptations and Accommodations: (APS 6, 7)

  • Groups that are struggling can be provided with additional teacher assistance. In an extreme case, the teacher could become a member of the group.
  • Groups that are bored or finish early can research places that their severe weather condition has occurred recently and the effects of the severe weather condition on that area. The information they learn can then be included in the group discussion at the end of the lesson.

Follow-up Lessons/Activities: (APS 7)

  • Students do research into severe weather that has occurred locally recently and discuss if they experienced it. Students could interview an adult that did experience the severe weather.
  • Students practice safety precautions they learned about in the lesson and teach each other about the safety precautions for their own type of severe weather.
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