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What Kind of Weather?
Students will be able to observe the weather and describe what kinds of clothes are appropriate for different kinds of weather.
- Explain that today you will be observing the weather. Ask students what the word “Observe” means. Define “observe” as “looking very carefully at something.”
- Take the class outside to observe the weather. Help students note what they see by paying attention to the temperature, wind, etc.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Read aloud the book What Will the Weather Be Like Today?By Paul Rogers
- Pause as you read to notice the clothing the people are wearing and the different kinds of weather. Ask guiding questions about the text such as, "What type of clothing are the people wearing? Why do you think they are wearing that?"
- Display the sentence frame, "They are wearing ____Because ____. " Allow students to respond to your prompts in a peer conversation before choosing a volunteer to share their own or their partner's thinking with the whole class.
- Ask students to give you a thumbs up if they can find the same weather in the book that they saw outside this morning.
Guided practise(15 minutes)
- Make a class weather chart using chart paper or the whiteboard. Ask the students to think of as many kinds of weather as they can, referring back to the book as needed.
- Record different types of WeatherOn the chart (sunny, cloudy, rainy, snowy, fog) as students make suggestions.
- Place students in small groups of no more than four students. Assign each group a type of weather. Review the rules for group discussions by creating a poster titled, "Group Work."
- Take turns
- Work together
- Listen to others
- Talk about the topic
- Have each group brainstorm the different types of clothing needed for different kinds of weather. Ask students to think about things like shoes, coats, etc. Provide groups with a large piece of paper to illustrate their topic as they engage in the discussion.
Independent working time(10 minutes)
- Tell students that they will now get to choose their favorite kind of weather from the class chart and draw a picture of themselves dressed for that weather.
- Display the I’m Ready for Anything! worksheet and answer questions as needed.
- Encourage students to use invented spelling in their writing.
- For students who need additional support, help them choose a kind of weather to focus on. Then, support them in writing words by having the students label each article of clothing.
- Encourage students to write additional sentences about the kinds of activities they could do for their chosen weather.
- Collect work and assess if the weather matches the clothes students have chosen.
- Note whether students are able to explain their choices.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Invite groups to display their poster for the class, and share their weather and clothing choices.
- Prompt students to build on one another's ideas by suggesting other clothes that could be added to the poster.