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Weather! Weather! Weather! - A Lesson Plan About Weather

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Objectives:

  • The students will learn about the different types of weather.

  • The students will be able to explain what causes the weather to change.

  • The students will be able to define the terms: meteorology, meteorologist, and forecast.

Questions that encompasses the objective:

  • Think about the weather. What is the weather like outside?

  • Was it the same or different than yesterday’s weather?

  • Does weather vary by location?   

Prepare the Learner: Activating Prior Knowledge. 

How will students prior knowledge be activated?

Warm up by asking students:

  • What do you know about weather?

Common Core State Standards:

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.1

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.1 B

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.2.4

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.2

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2 B

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.1

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.4

Materials and Free Resources to Download for this Lesson: 

Unit Resources:

Input:
What is the most important content in this lesson?
To reach this lesson’s objective, students need to understand:

  • There are different types of weather.

  • What causes weather to change and why weather varies by location.

  • What meteorology is and what a meteorologist does.

  • There are different instruments that are used to measure weather.

How will the learning of this content be facilitated?

  • The teacher should begin class by playing the “Match the Weather” game. On the board, the teacher should place the “Types of Weather” word cards. In a pile, faced down on a desk, should be the weather picture cards. The teacher will hold up each card, have the students identify the picture, and then invite one student up to the board and place the picture under the correct word card. Once the game is over, review the picture and words with the students.

 

  • After the game/review, show the students the video “Weather-Video Learning- WizScience.com" by Wiz Science. The video is about two minutes long and describes an overview of what weather is and why it changes. After the video is over, begin a discussion with the students about the content.

  • After the video discussion is done, the teacher will begin presenting the information on weather. If it is possible, project each page of the teacher’s copy of the “All About Weather” Science Journal worksheet onto the board using a projector or put into a PowerPoint document and project.  The teacher’s copy of the journal has certain words/phrases that are bolded red and highlighted. It is important the teacher explain to the students those words/phrases are to be highlighted in their (students) journal. For this lesson, the teacher should review these pages:

  • Page 5: What is Weather?

** This page reviews basic information about weather- where and why it occurs**

  • Page 6: How Does Weather Change?

**This page reviews the reasons why weather changes and why it varies by location**

  • Pages 7-8: Types of Weather

**These pages review the different types of weather**

  • Page 9: Meteorology

**This page reviews what meteorology is and the role of a meteorologist **

  • Page 10: How Can We Measure Weather?

**This pages reviews the different instruments that can be used to measure weather**

  • Activity/Assessment

    • After the information has been presented, the students will participate in the activity “What’s the Weather Like in…”. The teacher should have the students break into groups of three. Each group will get a “Weather Forecast In…” worksheet. As a group, the students will choose and research a specific city. The city can be anywhere in the world. The students will be responsible for filling out the worksheet, showing the weather forecast for five days for their chosen city. Once the students have completed the worksheet, they will take the information and create a poster. The teacher should allow the students about 20 minutes to research their city and create their poster. Once all the groups have finished, the teacher should have them present.

  • Closure

    • For the closure. the teacher should review the vocabulary and any information that the students may have had difficulty with.

Time/Application
3-5 minutes
Guided Introduction

Review the class/ agenda with the students:

10 minutes

Introductory Activity: “Match the Weather” Game | Weather Video

15 Minutes

What is Weather? | How Does Weather Change? | Types of Weather | Meteorology | How Can We Measure Weather?

  • Instruct the students to open to page 5 in their science journals.

  • Project each page of the science journal onto the board either through a projector or PowerPoint presentation.

  • The teacher copy has bolded red and highlighted words. The students will highlight those words in their science journal.

  • Begin presenting the information. The pages that will be presented include: pages 5-10.

20 Minutes

Activity/Assessment: “What’s the Weather Like in…”

  • Instruct the students to break into groups of three.

  • Give each group a “What’s the Weather Like in…” worksheet.

  • Instruct the students to choose a city, research the weather forecast for that city, and fill in the worksheet.

  • After the students fill in the worksheet, instruct them to take the information and create a poster.

  • Allow the students about 20 minutes to complete the activity.

  • Reconvene and begin presentations when the students are finished.

5 minutes

Closure

  • For the closure, the teacher should review the vocabulary and any information that the students may have had difficulty with.

  • If there is additional time, discuss any additional questions the students may have.


Individualized Instruction/Scaffolding

English Language Learners will be supported in this lesson through data-based heterogeneous grouping, verbal and written repetition of new vocabulary words, and multiple representation of vocabulary words through printed images and video.

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