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Third graders practice making predictions about weather from conditions they observe on weather instruments and weather reports. Learners are introduced to the most basic weather reporting instruments: the thermometer, the wind vane, the anemometer, the barometer, and the rain gauge. An excellent hands-on activity is embedded in the plan, along with terrific activities.
Students complete a weather report chart after studying weather patterns for a period of time. In this weather report instructional activity, students measure temperature, precipitation, cloud cover, wind speed, and wind direction for a month. Students chart and graph weather data as well as analyze the data using mathematical formulas.
Students locate a weather map on the internet and explain or predict the weather for the following day. Students interpret the information on the weather map and pick the correct clothing to wear for that day. Students chart and graph the weather for a daily weather report. Adaptations for different age groups are included.
Sight words, word recognition, and flash card drills are the mode for teaching that is outlined here. To increase weather vocabulary and content specific word recognition, kids with special needs work through flash card drills. The teacher chooses several weather words out of a weather report, uses them to create flashcards, then drills the learners until they can identify them correctly. They then attempt to identify each word in context.
Third graders make predictions about weather and utilize weather instruments and weather reports. They match weather components with weather instruments, and demonstrate how to read a thermometer. Students also construct and use a wind vane and read and summarize weather reports.
Fourth graders keep a record of the daily high and low temperatures and times of sunrise and sunset for three to four weeks. This information can be found in the newspaper, weather reports or on the Internet. The information is analyzed and conclusions are drawn about weather trends.
Learners investigate methods of weather prediction prior to modern communication sources. A local elder lectures the class on weather prediction and safety. They document the experience by creating posters. Applying methods given by the guest speaker, they keep weather journals of the daily conditions and their predictions. Working in groups, they create local weather reports in the Inupiat language.