The Weather Presentation - Brain

Vicky Schneider
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Title: Weather
Grade Level: 1
Time Frame: Full Year, Morning Routine
Science Standards:
Describe that some events in nature have repeating patterns
Observe and compare day-to-day weather changes
Observe, record, and compare weather changes from month
to month
Compare temperatures and type and amount of precipitation
across the months
Identify the impact of weather changes on daily activities
Identify and describe patterns of weather conditions based on
data collected
Brain Target 1: Emotional Connection
Students experience weather every day. In
this year long unit we will:
the impact weather has on
students‘ lives both physically and
the impact of weather on our
daily routine
how weather influences our local
culture and,
our observations to other
cultures around the world.
BTT #2: Creating the Physical
Learning Environment
Teacher will use
to create weather labs to measure
and observe rainfall, temperature, wind, and sun exposure using
simple or class made objects.
Teacher will create a classroom
as part of the
classroom routine. This will include a "weather report".
Eventually students will have the opportunity to report the
weather to their classmates.
Classroom reading area will incorporate a
and this
"micro-environment" will change with the actual seasons.
A general part of the classroom decor will be the “
bulletin board that gives the class a place to post predictions
related to a variety of activities, including weather. This is a
multi-use space that will incorporate different units.
BTT #3: Learning Goals
Students will:
understanding of weather changes
both daily and seasonally and what influences them
with the effect that water has on the
the weather based on data collected
rainfall in their area
weather patterns based on
data presented.
BT #3: Big Picture
This unit is developed to work within the daily classroom
routine. Students will engage with content every
morning, therefore promoting repetition and practice.
Measurements will be maintain year to year to enable
students to compare data.
BTT #4: Activities for Teaching Mastery of
Declarative/Procedural Knowledge
Hook and Mapping Activity
• Teacher will get students hooked by playing weather
sounds and entering the classroom dressed for LOTS of
weather (boots, hats, umbrella, sunglasses, etc.) When
the students begin to ask “why?”, the teacher gets
students talking about weather.
• Does is make sense to dress this way?
• How do we know what the weather will be?
• Engage students in KWL about weather. Use a mind map
to display these ideas in the weather station.
BTT #4: Activities for Teaching Mastery of
Declarative/Procedural Knowledge
Weather Activities – Instructor lead activities
teaching measurement techniques, the scientific
processes, graphic representations of data
Vocabulary- Direct instruction of vocabulary words.
Weather Station- Instructor directed student design
and development of outdoor area to collect
precipitation, observe sun, wind and other
Data collection-Direct instruction of data collection
BTT #5: Activities for
Extension and Application
of Knowledge
Dress for the weather.
Read weather related books.
Songs about weather(ex: "Sesame Street", "Rain Rain,
Go Away“, "Let it Snow!“ “You Are My Sunshine”)
Watch live weather reports. Why do people want to
watch the weather channel?
Write or draw a story about the weather.
Design an animal that would be “dressed” for specific
types of weather
BTT #6: Evaluating Learning
Students will be evaluated on:
Contributions to classroom weather board
Presentations of the weather as the weather reporters
Individual measurement and graphing skills
Art based projects throughout the year to demonstrate
how well the students understand the impact of
Ability to develop a logical weather prediction based
on previous data collected.
Summary and Wrap Up
Because this unit flows throughout the year, instructors
can give it more attention by weaving the theme into
other curricular areas. Examples:
Math – Measurement and graphing.
Social Studies - World Cultures. Discuss
weather influence on clothes, homes,
transportation, etc.
Literature - Look at poems and stories that
incorporate the weather to teach reading and writing
Arts Integration – Songs, plays, drawings related to
weather content.

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