Lesson Plan

Weather & Climate

Explore the water cycle, weather & climate
K C.
Media specialist/librarian
Buffalo Trail Elementary School
Aurora, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health & Wellness

Students will be able to understand how the water cycle works, and how weather impacts the climate.

Grades 4 - 5
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Student Notes

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.

Student Instructions

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

Student Instructions

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!

Student Instructions

Explore the Storm Seekers game, JASON Mission Station-Storm Tracker and Edheads.

4 Wrap Up

Activity: Conversing

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.

Student Instructions

Follow teacher instructions discuss and create a thinking map.

5 Extension-Homework

Activity: Exploring