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Title: The Weather


1
The Weather
  • Created by
  • Jacqueline Warren
  • Rebecca Stephens
  • Brooke White
  • Sara Newcomb

2
Illinois State Standard
  • 12.E.1.b-Identify and describe patterns of
    weather and seasonal changes

3
Objectives
  • Describe and identify major weather components
    across the country
  • Be able to list the characteristics of the
    different seasons
  • Be able to describe local weather patterns

4
Objectives Continued
  • Be able to describe the effects weather has on
    every day activities
  • Be able to use the weather vocabulary terms in a
    sentence

5
Accommodations
  • Pre-printed teacher notes available to student
  • Additional examples on subject
  • Additional time can be given to complete
    assignments
  • Peer tutor
  • Video examples of different weather

6
Accommodations Continued
  • Hands on/Sensory activities
  • Mnemonic devices can be given
  • Provide additional instruction as needed
  • Students can be given a vocabulary key
  • Flash cards with various weather elements

7
Modifications
  • Different vocabulary list-snow, rain
  • Shortened vocabulary list
  • Modified assessment
  • Required to know only characteristics of their
    own geographical region
  • Required to know traits of 2 seasons rather than 4

8
Tips for Parents
  • Watch the weather channel with your child
  • Talk to relatives that live out of state to
    discuss their weather

9
Tips for Parents Continued
  • Talk about how to prepare for different weather
    situations
  • Encourage your child to keep a weekly weather
    journal
  • Watch movies featuring weather situations

10
Vocabulary
  • Precipitation- all liquid and solid particles
    that fall from clouds and reach the ground.
    These particles include drizzle, snow, ice
    crystals, and hail.
  • Drought- often defined by a period of
    substantially diminished precipitation duration
    and/ or intensity
  • Humidity- The ratio of current vapor pressure of
    water in any gas (especially air) to the vapor
    pressure at which the gas would become saturated
    at the current temperature normally expressed as
    a percentage.
  • Wind chill- The effect that wind has on a
    perception of cold.

11
Vocabulary Cont.
  • Heat index- combines the effects of heat and
    humidity.
  • Meteorologist- a specialist who studies the
    processes in the earths atmosphere that causes
    weather conditions.
  • Atmosphere- the gases mass or envelop surrounding
    the earth retained by the earths gravitational
    field.
  • Dew point- the temperature to which the air must
    be cooled at constant pressure in order for it to
    become saturated.

12
Teacher Resources
  • http//kids.discovery.com
  • http//www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/index.html
  • http//kids.earth.nasa.gov/

13
Teacher Resources Continued
  • World Almanac Videos Guide to Extreme Weather
    Introduction, Part I
  • The Cat in the Hats Learning Library Oh Say
    Can you Say Whats the Weather Today? All About
    Weather

14
Critiques
15
http//kids.discovery.com
  • Kid friendly language
  • Visually Appealing to Kids
  • Variety of Information and Topics
  • Reliable/Factual Information
  • Hands on Activities to Reinforce Subject Matter
  • Presents like Entertainment view to Weather
  • Geared toward younger kids

16
http//www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/index.html
  • Reliable/Factual Information
  • Extension of a highly respected journal
  • More academically based
  • Visually appealing
  • Geared toward older elementary students
  • Actual photographs of events

17
http//kids.earth.nasa.gov/
  • Aimed toward older audience
  • Expands student knowledge by offering a fun fact
    (Ex. Tornados travel across the land at an
    average speed of 25-40 mph with wind speeds up to
    250 mph)
  • Useful links for kids and teachers along with
    teacher guides
  • Students would need help accessing pages on the
    site
  • Explains how NASA studies the weather elements

18
Research Findings
  • Thomas, D. S. and Mitchell, J. T. (1999).
    Developing a digital atlas of environmental risks
    and hazards. Journal of Geography, 98(5),
    201-207.
  • Describes the development of the South Carolina
  • Atlas of environmental risks and hazards, a
    digital
  • atlas that provides people with information on
  • environmental hazards in South Carolina.
  • Discusses the content and navigation of the atlas
  • and considers its utility for classroom
    instruction
  • and public resource.

19
Research Findings
  • Bonk, C.J. (1996). Five key resources for an
    electronic community of elementary student
    weather forecasters. Journal of Computing in
    Childhood Education, 7, 93-118.
  • The Indiana weather project (IWP) investigated
  • how the joint application of situated learning in
  • constructivist theory might support elementary
  • school students understanding of weather
  • systems. The results indicated significant
  • cognitive gains during the multimedia weather
    unit.

20
Research Findings
  • Henriques, L. (2002). Childrens ideas about
    weather A review of the literature. School
    Science in Mathematics, 102(5), 202-215.
  • Reports a synthesis of existing research on
  • childrens misconceptions relating to weather,
  • climate, and the atmosphere. Presents
  • scientifically accepted interpretations in tandem
  • with childrens naïve ideas.

21
Assistive Technology
  • Large print books
  • Adaptive computer equipment to view websites
  • Books on tape
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