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Seasonal Weather Changes

Seasonal Weather Changes

TEKS Objective

The student is expected to observe and describe weather changes from day to day and over seasons.

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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

Weather Encyclopedia: The Weather Channel Kids (website) – What is the heat index? Is the world’s climate getting warmer? This site answers your weather questions on a variety of topics and includes a glossary.

Weather Encyclopedia
The Weather Channel Kids, www.theweatherchannelkids.com

The Weather Channel: Weather.com (website) - Good source for current weather information locally and around the country.

The Weather Channel
www.weather.com

Signature Lesson

Forecasting Through Senses: Utah Education Network (website) – Students use all five sense to observe and describe weather changes over time.

Forecasting Through Senses
Utah Education Network, www.uen.org

Supporting Lessons

Changes in the Weather - Louisiana Department of Education (PDF) - Use unit 6 Activity 1, Page 29 - 35 observe and record changes in weather conditions. 

Changes in the Weather
Louisiana Department of Education, www.doe.state.la.us

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

Weather Experiments: Weather WizKids (website) - Using the activities on this site, students observe and describe current and changing weather conditions (i.e., rain, clouds, wind direction), and record the outcomes of their investigations.

Weather Experiments
Weather WizKids, www.weatherwizkids.com

How to Make a Windsock for Children: WikiHow (website) - Wind is moving air. Students design and build simple windsocks to learn that while we cannot see wind, we can observe evidence of its presence by watching the movement of objects it affects.

How to Make a Windsock for Children
WikiHow, www.wikihow.com

Homemade Rain Gauge - The Imagination Tree (website) – Make a very simple rain gauge using recycled materials. Learn about measuring, number recognition, capacity and weather.

Homemade Rain Gauge
The Imagination Tree, www.theimaginationtree.com

Assessment Ideas

Interview your students every day for one week. Have them describe the weather conditions each day. Review the weather conditions throughout the school year as the conditions change.

Literature Connections

What Will the Weather Be? Dewitt, Lynda (ISBN: 978-0064451130).

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

Weather. Goldsmith, Mike (ISBN: 075346442X)

Maisy’s Wonderful Weather Book. Cousins, Lucy (ISBN: 076365096X)

Related Science TEKS

(K.1A) Science Safety
The student is expected to identify and demonstrate safe practices as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations, including wearing safety goggles, washing hands, and using materials appropriately.

(K.1B) Importance of Safe Practices
The student is expected to discuss the importance of safe practices to keep self and others safe and healthy.

(K.1C) Recycling/Disposal of Science Materials
The student is expected to demonstrate how to use, conserve, and dispose of natural resources and materials such as conserving water and reusing or recycling paper, plastic, and metal.

(K.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.

(K.2B) Plan and Conduct Descriptive Investigations
The student is expected to plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations such as ways objects move.

(K.2C) Collect Data
The student is expected to collect data and make observations using simple equipment such as hand lenses, primary balances, and non-standard measurement tools.

(K.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words.

(K.2E) Communicate Observations
The student is expected to communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations.

(K.3B) Make Predictions
The student is expected to make predictions based on observable patterns in nature such as the shapes of leaves.

(K.3C) Explore Scientists
The student is expected to explore that scientists investigate different things in the natural world and use tools to help in their investigations.

(K.4A) Tools for Collecting Information
The student will collect information using tools, including computers, hand lenses, primary balances, cups, bowls, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; timing devices, including clocks and timers; non-standard measuring items such as paper clips and clothespins; weather instruments such as demonstration thermometers and wind socks; and materials to support observations of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums.

(K.4B) Five Senses
The student is expected to use senses as a tool of observation to identify properties and patterns of organisms, objects, and events in the environment.

Related Math TEKS

K.8A    The student is expected to describe and identify an object by its attributes using informal language (including shape, size, type, color, texture, or use).

K.8B    The student is expected to compare two objects based on their attributes.

K.13D  The student is expected to use tools such as real objects, manipulatives, and technology to solve problems.

K.15A  The student is expected to justify his or her thinking using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

Additional Resources

Weather Walks: Utah Education Network (website) - Record information and learn about weather while taking walks in various types of conditions: sunny, rainy, windy and snowy. Includes teacher background, extensions and assessment.

Weather Walks
Utah Education Network, www.uen.org

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