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This geography lesson asks the question: “Weather – where does it come from?”
Social Studies, Science
By – Erica Peters
Primary Subject – Social Studies
Secondary Subject – Science
Grade Level – 1
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Standards:
- 113.3.b Social Studies, Grade 1.
- (1.6) Geography. The student understands various physical and human characteristics of the environment. The student is expected to:
- (A) identify and describe the physical characteristics of places such as landforms, bodies of water, natural resources, and weather.
- The students will be able to identify different kinds of weather.
- The students will be able to comprehend why it rains, snows, etc.
- The students will be able to comprehend what part of the country gets the most of each type of weather (climates).
List of Materials Needed:
- White paper
- Butcher paper
- Four pictures of each: rain, snow, sun, wind
- Suessical book: Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today? by Tish Rabe from The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library
- The pictures must be cut out and the butcher paper must be split up into four categories: rainy, sunny, windy, snowy.
- Pass your pictures of the weather to students who are sitting quietly and attentively.
- Passing out the pictures and explaining to the students that they need to put their picture in the category that best fits the picture will get everyone’s attention and their excitement.
Learning Experiences/Presentation/ Procedure:
- Write out your four different categories on the divided butcher paper: Windy, Rainy, Sunny, Snowy
- Pass out the pictures to students.
- Have them come up and place the pictures where they think they go.
- Segue into “Now we know what different types of weather are, let’s learn where they come from.”
- Have all students come to designated reading spot.
- Read Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today? to the students.
- Review each kind of weather they learned about in the book.
- Have them go back to their seats.
- Pass out white paper.
- Students divide their paper into four vertical columns. (1st fold: Hamburger style, 2nd fold: hotdog style.)
- Have them draw four different types of weather in each of the four columns.
- Then have them draw their house on the lower portion of the page.
- On the back, have them write their favorite type of weather, and where it comes from. EX. My favorite type of weather is , and it is made by .
- Share with the class!
- What are some different kinds of weather? How are they all created?
- What are some types of weather that happen because another type of weather is happening?
- Why New York get snow, but Texas does not?
- Why are their hurricanes in California, but none in Kansas?
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