3 Activities for Teaching Weather
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Hello I'm Milo for About.com and today we're talking about three activities for teaching about weather. Do these activities with the student initially together. Then as the student gains mastery, they can become independent work.The first step in creating any lesson activity is answering the question "what do you want the student to walk away with?" It's good to form a goal around what thinking is involved in learning the subject matter. Then voice the goal to the student so they they also can be on board. For example, a lesson objective could be: "we are going to express our understanding of weather in our own words, taking technical information and making it understandable to everyone, like what a weather reporter does on TV."For these kinds of activities it's best if the student has a learning journal or notebook on the subject. When doing the activities with the student, make sure to model what a successful learner does. For example, you say out-loud what you are thinking as you perform the action to show how you, as a seasoned learner, are making connections: "This article continues to mention the El Niño event and its influence on hurricanes. I've heard of this but I don't know exactly what El Niño is, I want to find out more information on it before I go on."This is a wall that teaches activity, using your space to reinforce learning. This activity can be made far more complex or simple depending on the grade range of your learners. Preparation: put a simple map of your region on the wall. You can laminate the map if you want to draw on it. Prepare common weather images used to talk about the weather, like on news programs.Then afterwards have it as a part of weekly science exercises, it's a great weather warm-up.This is a simple activity to create your own way of measuring rain. There are more advanced ways of doing this, however it only makes sense if you live in a place or are doing this at a time of a lot of precipitation.Measurement: There are many ways of measuring the rainfall. You can do it by the hour, by the day, or week, etc. Simply empty the water out of the gauge into a measuring unit and record that. The official U.S. unit is a 50cm tall with 20cm diameter. But you can use your own as long as you are consistent. If you use the official U.S. method, you can compare yours to the local fficial measurements online. Once you have created this tool, you can use it regularly having the student record rainfall in their learning journal. A good follow-up activity is a trip to a local weather monitoring station, there should be one close by.This is a vocabulary warm-up. Using a newspaper, the student underlines and records weather vocabulary. The weather section of the paper is the best place to start for this.1. The student starts by scouring the weather section for any weather specific vocabulary. Even words the student might not know.2. Record all these words in the learning journal.3. The student uses fix-up strategies to find the definitions of the words.This can be adjusted for more advanced learners by using textbooks or more technical weather reports.At the end of every lesson, review if or to what extent the student reached the goal and celebrate that. If you did not reach the whole goal, you have something to focus on next time. These lessons can be scaffolded up or down and returned to for further learning.For more information and helps on teaching, check us out at About.com.