Additional scaffolding/ Limited abstract thinking skills
Weather prediction might be a topic that students never seriously thought about – some students may not realise how weather forecasts are determined, so they may need a lesson or introduction on weather forecasting, perhaps using a video or worksheet.
Provide multiple means of expression: While this lesson is about rainfall, students could alternatively choose to investigate how we collect temperature, snowfall, or wind data.
Additional means of engagement: To promote engagement, ask students to enter in their birthday. As a class, try to find the student that has the least rain on their birthday.
Working memory/ Additional scaffolding
You may wish to provide the spreadsheet with the data already downloaded from BOM so that students can focus on the collection of data and adding it to a spreadsheet.
(Skill set, including explicit teaching by you, required by students: analysis of data and making some statements; identification of key data from the BOM website and locally sourced data; production of visualisation – chart, infographic, etc – of major findings.)
Tools to make infographics (Teacher background only)
Students may create their own recording spreadsheet, (refer to assessment section for guidance on rubric).
A common way to design a user-friendly spreadsheet is to separate the data entry and recording from the presentation for example as a dashboard.
Ask students what information they would want to display to a user. An example spreadsheet has been set up to auto populate for data between Jan and Jun.
Students can decide on what data they want to display and what the interface (dashboard) will feature. Students may be able to continue the formula for the remaining cells July to December.