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Background For Teachers:
The students need to have a basic understanding of what the five senses are. The students also need to be able to know how to dress appropriately for the weather.
To forecast the weather, you can observe the weather using all five of your senses: sight, touch, hearing, smell, and taste.
NOTE: Review the senses but do not teach them.
Launch: (10-20 minutes)
Begin this lesson reading the book What Will the Weather Be? by Lynda DeWitt. As you read, point out the different senses the people are using throughout the book.
Sight is the easiest sense to use when you forecast. If you look out the window and see rain, then it's raining outside. Sight is very important and useful for forecasting.
Touch is another sense that's easy to use when forecasting. You can feel the sun hitting your face, and you can feel your face get colder when a cloud passes between you and the sun. You use touch when you use the wind to forecast the weather.
Hearing is useful for forecasting the weather. When you hear thunder, you know that a storm is nearby, even if you didn't see the lightning. You can hear the wind blow harder or softer through trees or as it whips around year ears.
It sounds funny, but your sense of smell can help you predict the weather too. When you know it's about to rain, smell the air. Rain has a distinct smell to it. A snowstorm has a distinct smell too. When you smell these aromas in the air, you know what kind of weather is likely to happen.
As for taste, you can't use it to forecast the weather. You can't taste the wind or sunshine. You can taste rain or snow by catching it on your tongue as it falls from the sky, but it won't tell you anything about the weather. And never drink rain water off the ground, or eat yellow snow.
Explore (10 minutes)
After reading the book, assign one of your students to be the reporter and another student to be the cameraman.
Discuss (Whole Group Discussion) (5-10 minutes)
Solidify (Closure) (10 minutes)
Additional Lesson Activities:
Thunder Cake Activity:
"It Looked Like Spilt Milk" Activity:
"Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" Writing Activity
Assignments to do with parents:
Send home the following two stories on Monday and Thursday (see attached blacklines) Have the children take this home and have their parents help answer the questions!
With the weather radio dead, your family has a problem. They have lots of activities planned for this weekend, like hiking and canoeing. How are they going to know if the weather will be nice when they go hiking, or when a storm may appear?
Hope you remember your lesson about senses forecasting, because now you’re going to need it! Your brother wants to go canoeing this afternoon, and wants to know if it’s going to rain. He wants you to use your senses forecasting lesson to see if the weather will stay nice this afternoon. And if you don’t get it right, he’s going to make you use your sense of taste to eat dirt.
So you use your sense forecasting lessons to see what the weather will be. With your sight, you see dark clouds that are covering the sky in the distance. With your sense of touch, you feel a warm wind coming from the south. With your sense of hearing, you hear a dull rumbling off in the distance.
So what do you tell your brother?
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