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Weather Detectives: Questioning the Fact and Folklore of Weather Sayings

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Weather Detectives: Questioning the Fact and Folklore of Weather Sayings

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Six 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Lisa Storm Fink

Lisa Storm Fink

Urbana, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

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LESSON PLANS

Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Weather: A Journey in Nonfiction

Questions about weather clear up when students use what they learned from their books to create a presentation to share with the rest of the class.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Comic Creator

The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on).

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   K – 5  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 2

Groundhog Day is February 2.

A celebration is held for Groundhog day where students engage in a shadow-watching activity, make predictions, and listen to news reports to compare what happens with Punxsutawney Phil.

 

Grades   3 – 7  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 29

Today is Leap Day!

Our solar year is 365.24219 days. Since our calendar does not deal in partial days, every four years, we add an additional day to February.

 

Grades   K – 11  |  Calendar Activity  |  August 23

The tropical storm that became Katrina formed over the Bahamas in 2005.

As a class, students explore weather-related and other natural disasters that their geographical area is prone to and review emergency preparedness and procedures.

 

Grades   3 – 8  |  Calendar Activity  |  December 28

Poor Richard's Almanack was first published in 1733.

Students explore some of the proverbs taken from Poor Richard's Almanack, give their impressions or someone who would write these statements, and choose one saying to paraphrase.

 

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STRATEGY GUIDES

Grades   K – 8  |  Strategy Guide

Tracking and Supporting Student Learning with Kidwatching

In this strategy guide, you’ll learn how to use kidwatching to track and support student learning. Teachers observe and take notes on students’ understanding of skills and concepts and then use the observations to determine effective strategies for future instruction.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   K – 8  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Inquiry at the Window: The Year of the Birds

This science inquiry in a fourth-grade classroom affirms the importance of observation, questioning, reading, and writing to the inquiry process.

 

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ACTIVITIES & PROJECTS

Grades   7 – 12  |  Activity & Project

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs! Make a Children’s Book about the Weather

Kids learn about weather sayings throughout history while writing and illustrating a book for younger children.

 

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PODCAST EPISODES

Grades   K – 5  |  Podcast Episode

Well-Read Weather

In this episode Emily shares picture books and novels that stir things up with weather-filled action.

 

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