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Weather: A Journey in Nonfiction

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Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Six 30-minute class sessions
Lesson Author

Sheila K. Seitz

Alexandria, Virginia


International Literacy Association


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Student Interactives

Calendar Activities


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Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Weather Detectives: Questioning the Fact and Folklore of Weather Sayings

Students adopt a skeptical stance and become weather detectives who ask “Why?” and “Why not?” as they investigate the history and validity of some common weather sayings.


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Grades   3 – 8  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

K-W-L Creator

This tool allows students to create an online K-W-L chart. Saving capability makes it easy for them to start the chart before reading and then return to it to reflect on what they learned.


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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   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.


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Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

K-W-L Chart

This K-W-L Chart, which tracks what a student knows (K), wants to know (W), and has learned (L) about a topic, can be used before, during, and after research projects.


Grades   3 – 8  |  Printout  |  Graphic Organizer

K-W-L-S Chart

This printable extends the familiar K-W-L’s means of organizing students’ prior knowledge, formulating inquiry questions, and recording new learning by adding space for questions for further inquiry.


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Grades   3 – 12  |  Strategy Guide

Inquiry Charts (I-Charts)

This guide introduces I-Charts, a strategy that enables students to generate meaningful questions about a topic and organize their writing.


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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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