Describe the objective of the attached lesson plan and explain why you chose this as your objective. How did your instructional strategies address students with varied learning needs and modalities? How did you know that your students met the objective of your lesson?
• Weather changes from day to day and over the seasons. Weather can be described by measurable quantities, such as temperature, wind direction and speed, and precipitation.
• The sun, moon, stars, clouds, birds, and airplanes all have properties, locations, and movements that can be observed and described.
Common Core Standards for Math:
• Classify objects and count the number of objects in each category.
• Represent and interpret data.
Objective: The students will be able to:
• Observe and record weather conditions over a two month period of time.
• Describe different types of weather.
AIM: What is the weather like today?
Required Materials: Weather symbols and individual calendars/giant calendar, crayons, worksheets, PowerPoint and Weather book
Motivation: Go for a quick class walk around the school building to observe the weather.
1. Ask the students to describe today’s weather. Ask them to describe what the weather was like yesterday. Ask how the weather affects them.
2. Give out a student worksheet on observing the weather. The students will use their senses to observe the weather.
3. Brain storm words to describe all different types of weather. These will be listed on a large shape cloud cutout bulletin paper.
4. Show the class different types of weather and explain them (these will be presented using PowerPoint). Let the students know that they will be using symbols to observe the weather and chart them on the classroom calendar for the month.
5. Students will be handed individual calendars. Students are to decorate their calendar using the art material provided for them.
6. During morning circle the students will be asked which symbol best represents today’s weather. The symbol will then be attached to the class calendar chart.
7. After 5 days of observing, the students will be asked to predict what they think the weather will be like tomorrow. The class will vote and post the most frequent guesses next to the chart. Their predictions will be compared to the actual weather conditions on the following day.
8. The students will individually record the number of days that each type of weather occurred. They will then make a chart comparing the number of clear days, rainy days, snowy days or cloudy days.
9. Each day the students will record the weather onto their own calendar.
10. Read the book Weather by Pamela Chanko and Daniel Moreton. Give out My favorite weather worksheet and have students fill it out.