Cross curricular lessons/unit: Weather

The school day is much shorter than we realize. It is increasingly difficult to cover all of the material and nearly impossible to do so in an engaging/enjoyable way for the students. One way to solve this problem is to teach cross-curricular material. This allows educators to teach the given content while also working on another content area or skill. This may be done by one teacher (in an elementary classroom) or it may require collaboration between teachers of different subject matter.

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    Weather Wiz Kids weather information for kids

    Weather Wiz Kids is a fun and safe website for kids about all the weather info they need to know. It contains tools for weather education, including weather games, activities, experiments, photos, a glossary and educational teaching materials for the classroom.&nbsp;<br><b>Science</b>-<b>ELA&nbsp;</b>By selelcting key vocabulary terms from this website, we can connect science and ELA (or spelling) in order to target more than one area. A teacher may also use the passages on each word (hurricane, tornado, etc.) to have students practice parts of speech or a number of ELA skills. This could be done by having students find, highlite, and define/identify given words within the passage. Another option is to turn the passages into cloze sentence worksheets.<br>

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    Podcasting

    Students and teachers from all over the world are learning from audio and video programs on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, netbooks, and other devices. Hundreds of free educational programs are available online. With a couple clicks, you can be learning about grammar, science, history, algebra...just about anything! The following website provides information about the use of podcasts in education. In addition, it provides several links that are helpful in learning how to use/create a podcast. Podcasting a weather report can serve as a cross-curricular connection between&nbsp;<b>Science</b> and&nbsp;<b>ELA</b> as well. Students will use their scientific understanding of weather/climate to write a weather report. This can be done over time and follow the writing process (see in next resource).&nbsp;

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    The writing process should be followed when creating script for podcasts. Students should be given time to complete each step and self-monitor. They should also be given reflective feedback on their writing.&nbsp;

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    Charting the Daily Weather Teaching Tip

    In order to incorporate math into this content, teachers and students can work together to read and record different weather measurements. This can be done using anemometers, thermometers, and barometers. As they do so, students can chart and graph the numbers that they record and analyze their data. These numbers can then be applied to math time and be used to learn a given skill (e.g. fractions, percentages, ratios, etc.) This will allow educators to connect&nbsp;<b>Science</b> and&nbsp;<b>Math.</b>

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    Art & Language Arts Curriculum (Education at the Getty)

    These lessons were created and tested in the classroom by Los Angeles area elementary teachers. The lessons found through this link work to connect <b>Language Arts</b> with <b>Visual Arts</b>. One way to do this in a weather unit would be to have each student draw or paint a natural disaster and write a haiku about their art. The teacher could then display the work to create a weather art gallery.&nbsp;

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    Weather History

    This easy-to-use weather history tool allows you to find weather conditions going back to 1973, accessing historical weather data for more than 1,300 stations across United States and Canada. To get a sense of "typical" weather" over a range of dates, see Customized Weather History. Students can use this resource to research weather history and make predictions for the future. In doing so, the students could also make a mathematical connection by comparing the past recorded temperatures (etc.), their predictions, and the actual temperature on that date. This resource can help to connect <b>Science</b>, <b>History</b>, and <b>Math</b>.&nbsp;

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