The Weather Around Us

During our group meetings we discussed numerous possible topics for our project, debating the pros and cons for each.  However, we finally decided to compromise on weather because it is everywhere around us, and it is continually affecting our daily lives.  Everyday, we are constantly interacting with the earth and its characteristics, weather being one of the most important.  Weather is what drives all living things and is what makes it a great topic. After all, relating a topic to personal experience makes it more interesting to learn.

This theme is appropriate for our project because it can be taught at all age levels and can be cross-curricular.  No matter if you are focusing on the aspect of spelling and vocabulary or the actual science behind what drives weather, either is going to get the students interested in learning the material.  Thus, allowing this theme to be carried into all areas of your lessons.

Throughout childhood, children are always asking questions about the things around them and asking why certain things happen.  This is where a theme like weather becomes useful.  Many times children will ask questions such as, “why is it raining?” or “why is the sky blue?” Both of which are questions relating to the natural curiosity of the human race.  Without questions and curiosity we lose the drive to learn, and ultimately the drive to teach.

We believe this to be an excellent topic throughout any level of schooling due to its versatility and commonality with regard to natural life.  Consequently, it is easy to create lessons that incorporate hands-on experiences and topics that are fun to learn about.  Therefore, this would make the job of teaching the material not so difficult.

Overview - Outline

Overview - PowerPoint

Lessons

Predictions, Writing

Tornados

Solar System

Hurricane

Culminating Project - Identify and Describe, Writing

Handouts

Tornado in a Bottle

Tornado Facts

Tornado Safety

Hurricane Facts

Tornado Rubric

Make Your Own Rain Stick

Raining in the Classroom

Bloom's Taxonomy

Annotated Bibliography

Return to Thematic Units