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Science - 4th Grade
Standard 2 Objective 3
5 class periods of 30 minutes each
This lesson helps students understand the various types of weather and learn safety tips for each type of severe weather. The students will identify factors associated with each weather type, make weather instruments, collect weather data and predict the weather.
Students will need to have a basic knowledge of the water cycle and about the seasonal patterns in the weather.
The teacher will need to create a weather observation chart to be used in class.
LANGUAGE ARTS: Extend this unit with a writing activity based on their reading of the story Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Discuss the characteristics of a tall tale. Talk about exaggerations in writing and when they are appropriate. Have the students create their own tall tale or have them complete exaggerations related to the weather. For example, 'It rained so hard that......', or 'It was so hot that.......'.
MATH EXTENSION: After recording their daily observations for about a week or so, have the students plot their results and then make a chart or graph. Have them use the same data to make two different types of graphs or charts and then decide which one is better for displaying that particular type of information and why. Have the students determine if the charts/graphs help them more easily understand and interpret their data.
TECNHOLOGY/RESEARCH: Check out the Internet site Earth and Moon Viewer. Observe weather satellites.
The teacher will assess student participation by observing group activities. Students will receive credit for cooperating, discussing, and participating equally. Assess group projects by giving credit for the appropriate use of weather terminology (including weather symbols and data in charts and graphs, for well constructed weather instruments, and for thorough, accurate collection of weather data. Full credit should be given for active participation in the group weather broadcast and for a weather broadcast that is based on accurate weather data collection and interpretation.
Ask the students to five ways that weather affects people's lives.
Ask students to draw and name an instrument that will measure the following aspects of weather:
Barrett, Judith: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Original lesson plan written by LEE ANN PARKINSON.