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Making Choices Based on Weather and Seasons

Making Choices Based on Weather and Seasons

TEKS Objective

The student is expected to identify the importance of weather and seasonal information to make choices in clothing, activities, and transportation.

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Essential Understanding

The student knows that there are recognizable patterns in the natural world and among objects in the sky.

Science Background

National Weather Service: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (website) - Detailed weather information at the local, state and national levels, including warnings and forecasts.

National Weather Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, www.noaa.gov

Signature Lesson

Weather Whys: Utah Educational Network (website) - We are especially conscious of the importance of weather when deciding what to wear and do during seasonal changes. In this lesson, students identify qualities that make different types of clothing more appropriate for certain seasons (e.g., light-colored clothes reflect sunlight away from us in summer, while heavier, darker clothing retains warmth in winter).

Weather Whys
Utah Educational Network, www.uen.org

Dressing for the Season: Utah Educational Network (website) - Students observe and identify weather conditions in each season, and then dress a cut-out doll appropriately for a field trip outside at different times of the year.

Dressing for the Season
Utah Educational Network, www.uen.org

Supporting Lessons

What’s the Season? Science NetLinks (website) - Students learn how weather can change from season to season.

What’s the Season?
Science NetLinks, www.sciencenetlinks.com

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

Learning the Effects of Weather: Utah Educational Network (website) - Students discover and describe how weather affects people and animals, and learn about Navajo and Ute stories told during hibernation.

Learning the Effects of Weather
Utah Educational Network, www.uen.org

Weather Complaints: National Geographic Xpeditions (website) - Students research the weather and climate in their home region and other selected cities, and think about complaints people might make about the weather in different places.

Weather Complaints
National Geographic Xpeditions, www.nationalgeographic.com/expeditions

Assessment Ideas

In their science notebooks/journals, have students develop charts that use symbols and words to indicate the appropriate clothing for different temperatures and weather conditions. For example, one entry might say “90 degrees: very hot; wear lightweight clothing.” Instruct students to include drawings of the clothes to be worn in each situation.

Weather and People: BBC Schools (website) - Weather and climate influence how people build houses, the clothes they wear, and the types of sports they play. As an assessment, direct students to answer the guiding questions on this page.

Weather and People
BBC Schools, www.bbc.co.uk/schools

Literature Connections

Climates. Alberti, Theresa Jarosz (ISBN: 0-736-83735-3)

Hibernation. Hall, Margaret (ISBN: 978-0-7368-6339-1)

Fall Is Here! I Love It! Good, Elaine (ISBN: 1-561-48142-4)

Reasons for the Seasons. Gibbons, Gail (ISBN: 0-823-41238-5)

Sunshine Makes the Seasons. Branley, Franklyn (ISBN: 0-060-59205-2)

A Tree for all Seasons Bernard, Robin (ISBN: 0-792-2942-70)

What’s the Weather Today? Fowler, Allan (ISBN: 0-0516-44918-4)

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Barrett, Judi (ISBN: 0-689-70749-5)

Weather Words and What They Mean. Gibbons, Gail (ISBN-10: 082340952X)

Who Cares About the Weather? Berger, Melvin and Lunis, Natalie (ISBN-10: 1567840043)

Related Science TEKS

(2.8A) Weather
The student is expected to measure, record, and graph weather information, including temperature, wind conditions, precipitation, and cloud coverage, in order to identify patterns in the data.

(2.8C) Water Cycle
The student is expected to explore the processes in the water cycle, including evaporation, condensation, and precipitation, as connected to weather conditions.

Related Math TEKS

2.10A  The student is expected to read a thermometer to gather data.

2.11A  The student is expected to construct picture graphs and bar-type graphs.

2.11B   The student is expected to draw conclusions and answer questions based on picture graphs and bar-type graphs.

2.12A  The student is expected to identify the mathematics in everyday situations.

Additional Resources

What’s the Weather: FOSSWEB (website) - Cold, hot, warm, cool: what does the temperature mean to you? This interactive animation asks students to help the bear decide what to wear, based on the weather outside.

What’s the Weather
FOSSWEB, www.fossweb.com

Weather: NOAA Education (website) - Listing and description of a variety of weather-related programs and informational resources.

Weather
NOAA Education, www.education.noaa.gov

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