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.