Weather & Climate
1 Hook--Use this to get the kids excited about weather and give background knowledge for the assignment.
Have students go to the CK-12 Weather vs. Climate page. Give students essential question, "How does weather impact climate?"
Read over with them. Instruct to read. Go over quiz together at end.
Read the page about Weather vs Climate. Go over quiz and be prepared to answer questions.http://www.ck12.org/earth-science/Weather-versus-Climate/lesson/Weather-versus-Climate/?referrer=concept_details
2 Direct Instruction & Guided Practice
Show the Study Jams video about water cycle.
Listen to and take notes about the water cycle.
3 Independent Practice
Instruct students to explore the games/simulations as independent practice in the exploration of weather, the water cycle and climate.
JASON Mission Station-Storm Tracker, the Storm Seekers Game and Edheads!
Explore the Storm Seekers game, JASON Mission Station-Storm Tracker and Edheads.
4 Wrap Up
Give students 3 minutes to discuss climate and weather at table groups. Instruct students at table groups to then create a thinking map about the characteristics of climate and weather and/or the water cycle.
Follow teacher instructions discuss and create a thinking map.
Students can watch the Magic School Bus Video about weather: