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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Wild About Weather: Scientific Saturdays

 We have been studying Weather for many, many weeks.  This is the first time I have taught this unit and had fun planning something different.  We just wrapped it up on Friday and I can't wait to move on.

The major areas that we covered:
  • water cycle
  • layers of the atmosphere
  • weather factors: precipitation, temperature, moisture, wind speed and direction
  • weather tools and predicting
  • clouds
  • winds
  • global patterns, winds, jet streams and currents
During the unit we used various resources, trade books, non-fiction articles for information.  My favorite text is Sciencesaurus!  I had the children watch Scholastic Study Jams and visited


Cloud Posters


Working on Weather Reports

Our school just received one-to-one chromebooks two weeks ago and the opportunities in the classroom have already been endless.  We downloaded screencastify and my students have been recording their weather reports and sharing them with me.  This is a great way to get the students to share reports with me and practice their reading fluency.  Some of students got very creative and worked on their recordings at home.

Here is a sample.  
The student did not want to be in it but was very creative with her own sound effects!