What's the Weather Like??

1st Grade



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           Rationale

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Georgia Performance Standard
Earth Science
S1E1. Students will observe, measure, and communicate weather data to see patterns in
weather and climate.




Rationale

  I chose the topic Weather and Climate.  I think that weather patterns and changes are very interesting and important to first graders.  There are many activities and observations students can make while learning about weather and climate.  I think that students should



Web Sites
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  This website includes lots of information and definitions about different types of weather and climate.  It also provides fun interactive games to help enhance students' knowledge about weather and climate!


        This is a fun website kids can visit to play Meteorologist Jeopardy!  On this website kids click on a topic and listen to a video before answering the question.  This allows kids to learn fun facts about being a meteorologist.


    This website gives kids a chance to view actual pictures of different types of clouds.  It also gives fun facts about the different types of clouds.


    This website teaches students all about climate!  It lists facts about everything from Global Warming to the Greenhouse Effect.  It also has diagrams of the water cycle and acid rain formation.




tornado  This website teaches students all about tornadoes!  While visiting this website students will learn everything from what a tornado is to how it is formed.  Kids will also learn helpful facts about what to do if a tornado hits.


    This website explains how rain forms.  It also tells kids what a flood is and describes how it affects people and how to prepare for a flood.


  This interactive website allows students to learn about different weather symbols.  On this site, students play a game where they actually match the weather symbols on a map with their description.  By the end of the game, the students will have a map with a complete weather forecast!


           


    

Topic Activities
1.  Title:  Weather Forecast
2. PLO: The students will be able to match the correct weather sign with it's description.
3. Integration of:  Technology into Science
4.
Procedures
 
  • Students will visit the Edheads website.
  • Using the interactive game, students will learn how to match the correct weather symbol with it's description and create a weather forecast.
  • Upon completion of the weather forecast, students will create their own weather forecast on construction paper using the symbols that they used on the interactive game
  • Students will then present their forecast to the class as if they were meteorologist
5.  Product: Using the information learned on the website, students will create their own weather forecast on construction paper and present them to the class. 
1.  Title: Rain, Rain Go Away!
2. PLO: The students will learn about floods and rain and how it is created.
3. Integration of: Art into Science
4. Procedures
  • Students need to refer to the website: Rain and Floods
  • Using a clear jar (at least a quart), clear waterproof tape, and a ruler, students will construct their very own rain gauge using the following directions:
  • Directions

  1. Place the ruler inside the jar so that the inches are visible from outside the jar. Make sure the bottom of the ruler is even with the bottom of the jar.
  2. Tape the ruler to the side of the jar
  • Experiment!

  1. Place the rain gauge outside in an open area.
  2. Check the rain gauge every day at the same time.
  3. Record on your Weather Data Sheet (PDF) how much rain is in your gauge
  4. Empty the gauge every day.
  •   Product:  Students will record their observations on the Weather Data Sheet and turn their results into the teacher. 
1.  Title: Clouds, Clouds, Clouds!
2. PLO: Students will create their own book of clouds
3. Integration of: Art and Language Arts into Science
4.
Procedures
  • The teacher will read the book, Shapes in the Sky: A Book About Clouds  by Josepha Sherman
  • Next the students will create their own book about clouds using cotton balls, cardstock paper, and construction paper using the following directions:
  • Directions:
  1. Using the cardstock paper as the cover of the book and the construction paper for the pages staple all of these together creating a book
  2. Students should then use the cotton balls to make different cloud shapes and types
  3. Underneath each cloud they create on a page in thier book, they should write a description of what the cloud is and what it looks like
  4. Students should give their book a title and list themselves as the author 
  • Product:  The students will share their favorite page out of their book with the class describing the cloud and what shape it creates









Microsoft Word
Published by Microsoft

Students can use Microsoft Word to create papers, newsletters, essays and letters.  This program can be used to have students write an essay about the different types of weather and climate. Many other activies are easy and fun for students to create using this program.
Microsoft word is a great tool for teacehers and students to use both at home and in the classroom. Starting kids at a young age on this program will do wonders for them in the future. This is an important program to learn to use because students use this program from kindergarten all the way to college. One of the biggest things to make sure you know how to work while using this program are the automatic settings. There are automatic spelling correctors, grammar correctors and capitalizaition correctors. Overall a great program!

Microsoft Powerpoint
Published by Microsoft

Students can use Microsft Powerpoint to create slide shows and presentations. This program allows students to make their own slideshow and presentations. Students can use this program to create a slideshow on the different types of weather and present it to the class as if they were a meteorologist.
Microsoft Powerpoint is a great program. However, younger students will more than likely need help or assistance in navigating and becoming comfortable with the program. Overall a great program, very helpful when presenting information for students and teachers.

  Sammy's Science House 
Published by Edmark
The software program is designed to increase and enhance student's learning about science.  It offers different games and activities to help student's learn and get excited about weather.  This is a very kid friendly program.  This program can be used during center time to give students extra help on learning about weather and climate.
This kid friendly software could be very useful and fun for students both at school and at home.  No direct guidance from the teacher is needed with this program.

Microsoft Excel
Published by Microsoft

This software can be used with this topic to enhance learning for students by creating a graph of the most frequent weather occurances throughout a week or even a month. Allow the students to record the weather occurances on paper at home and convert them to a chart on Excel at school. This program can be used to help in data collection and mathematical skills such as graphing.
Problems that may exist include Excel can be a little unfriendly in use to younger children. Program commands may be hard to operate. Excel has a higher difficulty level. It is recommended that some teacher training is necessary or constant teacher help and interaction.


Little Explorers
Published by Enchanted Learning Software


Students can use this software to enhance their learning about different types of weather.  This software offers printouts, activities, and interactive learning games for students.  This software could be used during center time for students to learn more about weather patterns.  Teachers could use the activities and printouts in their classroom for fun learning activities for students.
Little Explorers is a great software for students and teachers.  The information provided on this software is kid friendly and easily understood.  This would be a very beneficial investment for teachers and students.










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