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Five Senses Weather
Students will use their five senses to observe and make predictions of the weather and weather patterns.
- Gather students together and ask them to think about their senses.
- Say, “What are the five senses?” Allow for a few minutes of pair-share time and then have students share out the five senses. As students share (smell, sight, touch, taste, hear) record them on the whiteboard or chart paper.
- Remind or review the senses by saying something like, “We use our senses to learn about the world around us. When we pay careful attention, or observe the world by listening, looking, hearing, smelling, and tasting, we are able to learn new things.”
- Ask students to think about different kinds of weather. Write a list of the different kinds of weather that the students come up with (e.g., sunny, cloudy, rain, snow, fog, etc.).
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Explain that today you will be using your five senses to make observations about the weather.
- Tell students that they will go outside and practise using their senses to learn about today’s weather.
- Take the class outside and have them sit in a large circle quietly. Ask them to close their eyes and listen. Have them share what they hear and record student thinking on a sheet of paper for reference.
- Continue by asking students to look carefully, smell, look, and even taste the air! Make sure to record many of the observations that the students make.
Guided practise(5 minutes)
- Return indoors and discuss the student observations about today’s weather.
- Ask students to think about today’s weather and if they can make a prediction (a guess based on some information or facts) for what the weather will be tomorrow.
- Have a few students share out their predictions. Model using the five senses by asking guiding questions such as “What might you see if it is sunny? What might you hear if it is raining?”
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Explain that students will now get to make their own weather prediction for tomorrow’s weather.
- Display the My Weather Prediction worksheet and explain the directions. Students should make their prediction and then write and draw a five senses weather prediction for tomorrow using drawings and words
- For students who need additional support, you can pair them with another student and have them complete the worksheet together.
- Help students choose one to two senses to focus on when making their weather predictions.
- Encourage students to write complete sentences about each of the five senses when making their weather predictions.
- Check in with students to ensure that they are able to make connections between their senses and the weather outside.
- Collect student work samples and assess if students are able to make their predictions by connecting to each of the five senses.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Gather students together and ask for students to share out their weather predictions. Encourage students to compare and contrast their predictions with their classmates.
- Close by posting the predictions in a central location and saying, “What great work! Tomorrow we will check to see if our predictions are correct.”