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Children (Special Ed) learn rain concepts here by making a rain cloud out of construction paper and yarn

Subject:

Science  

Grades:

K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5  

Title – What is Rain
By – Jennifer Ford
Primary Subject – Science
Grade Level – K – 5

Concept/Topic to Teach:

  • This lesson plan will teach the children about rain and weather concepts.
  • The students will listen to a story about rain and discuss with the teacher and others in the group about prior knowledge of weather concepts and rain.
  • The students will then watch a PowerPoint video and answer question about the presentation.
  • Finally, the students will make a model out of construction paper and yarn to represent a rain cloud and rain.

Specific Objectives:

  1. Students will participate in group discussions about rain and weather concepts.
  2. Students will learn about where rain comes from and how it helps animals and people. Students will understand the concept that rain comes from clouds.
  3. Students will produce a model of a rain cloud and rain using construction paper and yarn.

Texas Essential Knowledge Science Standards addressed:

    K.4.c, 1.8a, 4.8b, 5.8b

Required Material:

  • construction paper
  • tape
  • yarn
  • computer
  • projector
  • crayons/pencils
  • watering can
  • water
  • a plant
  • teacher created PowerPoint and worksheet

Background Information:

  • Students will be shown how the weather cycle creates rain, in the most basic concept (rain comes from clouds).
  • They will listen to a book read by the teacher, and discuss the times that we see rain.
  • Students will participate in watching the teacher “create rain,” by using a watering can and watering a plant.
  • Next, students will watch a PowerPoint presentation on rain, afterwards answering questions about the PowerPoint.
  • Finally, students, with assistance, will create a rain model out of construction paper and yarn.

Anticipatory Set:

  • At the beginning of the lesson, the teacher will sit under the rain cloud with her umbrella. She will ask the children ” What is happening? ” The children will say: “It is raining.”
  • The teacher will ask the children to look up at the ceiling and tell her where the rain is coming from. The students should reply, “the cloud.”
  • The teacher will remind the children that rain is a form of weather and we are going to learn more about rain today.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Tell the students we are going to learn more about rain today, and where it comes from and what it is used for.
  2. The students will listen to a book about rain. There will be a 4-5 minute discussion about the book.
  3. The students will watch the teacher demonstrate how rain works by using a watering can, water and a plant.
  4. The students will watch a PowerPoint presentation about rain. The teacher will show the ppt twice. After the presentation. The students will follow along on a worksheet, answering questions derived from the ppt. The teachers will assist if necessary.
  5. The students will make a model of a rain cloud and rain.
  6. The students will display their rain cloud on the wall.

Connections:

  1. Upon completion of this activity, students will understand the concept of the weather cycle in the basic form of rain comes from clouds.
  2. Students will be able to have a clear understanding vocabulary such as: rain, clouds and weather.
  3. Students will be able to apply more easily weather concepts.

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