Title: Boom Boom Thunder!!
The focus of this lesson is for students to determine why thunder makes the “Boom” sound. Through hands-on activities students will become familiar with the sound thunder makes.
Standard(s): [S1] (3) 12: Identify conditions that result in specific weather phenomena, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes.
Title: What Will I Wear to School Today?
Hot, cold, windy, or snowing, students need to know how to dress appropriately. In this lesson, students will learn how weather affects what they wear to school each day. Students will practice choosing the appropriate clothing by using computer software that allows students to dress different people.
Standard(s): [TC2] (0-2) 9: Identify digital tools used for problem solving.
Over this three-week unit, students will learn basic concepts about weather and the part it plays in their everyday lives. Students will make a slideshow presentation that summarizes the content presented about seasons and things in the sky. Also, students will make a flyer that summarizes the content presented about severe weather and severe weather safety. Finally, students will keep a daily log of local weather and put this information into a website.
Standard(s): [AED] VA (2) 1: Apply a variety of procedures, methods, and subject matter in the production of two-dimensional works of art, including landscapes, still lifes, and relief prints.
Title: Stormy Stories
In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
Standard(s): [SS2010] GEOG (7) 12: Explain ways geographic features and environmental issues have influenced historical events.
Title: Creative Climates
In this Xpeditions student activity, students pretend they are head of a new National Geographic Climate Observation Post, where they must create a climate map to illustrate the world's various climate zones. Students explore the world's diverse climate zones and find out how climate affects human life.
Standard(s): [SS2010] GEOG (7) 3: Compare geographic patterns in the environment that result from processes within the atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere of Earth's physical systems.
Title: How's the Weather Today?
This Xpeditions lesson asks students to think about the weather in their area and introduces them to weather and temperature trends in different latitudes of the United States. Students examine maps, record temperatures, and draw pictures showing different weather conditions.
Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT2 (2) 11: Interpret legends, stories, and songs that contributed to the development of the cultural history of the United States.
Title: Weather: A Journey in Nonfiction
Questions about weather clear up when students use what they learned from their books to create a presentation to share with the rest of the class.
Title: Disappearing Water
In this Science NetLinks lesson, the first in a three-part series, students observe the amount of water in an open container over time, and they observe the amount of water in a closed container over time. Students compare and contrast the sets of observations over time. This lesson is designed to help the students prepare themselves for the idea that most substances may exist as a solid, liquid, or a gas depending on the temperature, pressure, and nature of that substance.
Standard(s): [S1] (2) 9: Describe evaporation, condensation, and precipitation in the water cycle.
Title: Prepare Yourself!
This Xpeditions lesson introduces U.S. students to natural hazards that occur across their country and in their home region. They learn where tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, or severe thunderstorms are likely to occur and find out which type of event is most likely to happen near their home.
Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT (0) 3: Describe how rules provide order, security, and safety in the home, school, and community.
Title: The Three Little Pigs in Earthquake Land
In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students are introduced to some of the basics of earthquakes and volcanoes. They are also asked to think about how people living in cities and suburbs must plan ahead by constructing sturdy buildings and preparing their homes and themselves for the possibility of a natural disaster. Students are therefore introduced to some basic concepts of physical geography, as well as some of the ways in which the physical environment affects people's lives.
Standard(s): [SS2010] LWT (0) 10: Apply vocabulary related to giving and following directions.
Title: In Today's Weather
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[SC2015] (0) 9: Observe, record, and share findings of local weather patterns over a period of time (e.g., increase in daily temperature from morning to afternoon, typical rain and storm patterns from season to season).Digital Tool Description: Voki is a web-based tool that allows students to create cartoon characters that speak. The students will use Voki to create personalized meteorologists.