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Students will be able to compare and contrast the seasonal weather patterns during the school year and analyze and interpret data such as temperature in different locations and different times.
Weather is the condition of the air that surrounds Earth. Meteorologists can predict the weather by using certain tools: a thermometer, which measures the temperature; a wind vane, which measures the wind speed; and a barometer, which measures air pressure.
Storms come from clouds, and they display themselves in many: rain (water falling from the sky), hail (ice chunks), snow (ice crystals), sleet (a mixture of rain and snow), tornados (violently destructive windstorms), and hurricanes (severe tropical storms that include heavy rain and wind).
5. Students will understand and use basic concepts and skills.
Invitation to Learn:
Using clothing from different seasons, allow the students help you sort the clothing as they see fit. After sorting the clothes a few times, ask: "How could we sort the clothing for different seasons, weather, or climate depending on where you live."
The Weather of Two Cities:
Vacations in Utah:
Weather of the United States:
Once you have compared your local weather to other Utah areas, compare it to neighboring states. Provide each student with a paper. Discuss how the weather is different, the same, and what you would wear if you lived in other states. For example, a warm winter day in Utah may be a cold winter day in Evanston, WY. Taking the class on the Internet, check World Weather.
Weather Around the World:
Lesson and Activity Time Schedule:
Activity Connected to Lesson:
Discovering Differences in Climate:
Build a Mountain:
Have the participants make a mountain diagram following the directions found under "Build a Mountain" in the lesson.
Where Would You Travel?
How Does the Weather Affect Different Areas?
What Does the Weather Do to Your Outfit?
Johnson, D., Johnson, R. (1999). Making Cooperative Learning Work. Theory into Practice, Vol. 38, # no. 2. Building Community though Cooperative Learning. (Spring 1999), pp. 67‐ 73.
Formal cooperative learning is when students work together for one class period or several weeks to achieve shared learning goals and complete specific tasks and assignments. Informal cooperative learning is when students work together temporarily to achieve a joint learning goal. These groups may last only a few minutes. Cooperative learning teaches interdependence, individual accountability, face‐to‐face interaction, social skills, and group processing.
Winn, J.A. (1994). Promises and Challenges of Scaffolded Instruction. Learning Disability Quarterly, Vol. 17, No. 1 (Winter 1994) pp. 89‐104
Scaffolded instruction includes challenging students to engage in tasks that they are unable to complete independently, and providing the support needed to enable students to successfully carry them out.