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How Weather Impacts Plants, People and Animals
This unit will focus on weather. Students will explore what weather is, how weather is measured and how weather impacts living things.
Online Concepts and Procedures
1. Pre-assessment on Kahoot for weather words.
2. Watch Discovery Education’s “Weather Words” video
3. Students use Seesaw to take a picture of their favorite kind of weather. Students use Seesaw’s drawing tool to draw a picture of themselves that includes the type of clothes and accessories they would need for that type of weather. Students record their responses and upload them to Seesaw.
4. Students watch youtube videos to learn more about weather tools. Using Seesaw, students take a picture of a weather tool they are an “expert” on and use the drawing tool to add the type of weather the tool measures.
5. Student meteorologists record themselves giving the weather report of the day on Seesaw.
6. Use Kahoot to pre-assess features of non-fiction text
7.Use Epic! Books projected on the whiteboard and on individual IPADS for students to find, identify and mark features of non-fiction texts.
8. Individually and as a whole class, read and/or listen to books on Epic! Books for Kids watch videos on Youtube, Treehouse Weather Kids, Weather Symbaloo and Discovery Education to learn more information about different types of weather, to answer student questions about weather and to learn the ways weather impacts plants, animals and people.
9. Students use SeeSaw to record their reports and draw and/or upload pictures.
10. Post-assessment of weather words and features of non-fiction text on Kahoot
Face to Face
Students list all weather words they know. Teacher records words on a chart paper on a web in one color. After students watch the “Weather Words” video, students share new words learned and teacher records the words in a different color on the web. Throughout the unit, students share weather words and teacher adds them with a different color to reflect student’s new learnings.
2. Students share information for a K-W chart about weather
3. During centers, students browse weather books and discuss their favorite kind of weather and why.
4. See-Think-Wonder with a variety of weather tools that are brought into class. Interactive read alouds about weather tools.
5. Students create a wind vane, wind sock and thermometer.
6. Students observe the daily weather and practice recording the temperature, wind sock, cloud cover and what to wear that day on paper.
7. Pre-assessment features of non-fiction texts
8. Use read alouds and anchor charts to learn and notice features of non-fiction texts.
9. Choose a weather research topic. During centers, students write down 3-5 things they wonder about their weather. Students use books to research the answers to their questions.
10. Students research the impact their weather has on plants, animals and people.
11. Share reports
What was your experience, both successes and challenges, using this lesson object with your students?
Using Symbaloo was very successful for my Kindergarten students. Instead of me having to search youtube for relevant videos, students can use Symbaloo and access the information easier and more independently.