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The Weather. Created by Jacqueline Warren Rebecca Stephens Brooke White Sara Newcomb. Illinois State Standard. 12.E.1.b-Identify and describe patterns of weather and seasonal changes. Objectives. Describe and identify major weather components across the country

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The Weather

Created by

Jacqueline Warren

Rebecca Stephens

Brooke White

Sara Newcomb

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Illinois State Standard

  • 12.E.1.b-Identify and describe patterns of weather and seasonal changes

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  • 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

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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

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Peer tutor

Video examples of different weather

Pre-printed teacher notes available to student

Additional examples on subject

Additional time can be given to complete assignments


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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

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  • 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

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Tips for Parents

  • Watch the weather channel with your child

  • Talk to relatives that live out of state to discuss their weather

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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

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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.


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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.

Vocabulary Cont.

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Teacher Resources




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Teacher Resources Continued

  • World Almanac Video’s Guide to Extreme Weather: Introduction, Part I

  • The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library: Oh Say Can you Say What’s the Weather Today? All About Weather

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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

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Reliable/Factual Information

Extension of a highly respected journal

More academically based

Visually appealing

Geared toward older elementary students

Actual photographs of events

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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

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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.

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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.

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Research Findings

Henriques, L. (2002). Children’s ideas about weather: A review of the literature. School Science in Mathematics, 102(5), 202-215.

Reports a synthesis of existing research on

children’s misconceptions relating to weather,

climate, and the atmosphere. Presents

scientifically accepted interpretations in tandem

with children’s naïve ideas.

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Assistive Technology

  • Large print books

  • Adaptive computer equipment to view websites

  • Books on tape

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