Title: Weather Detectives
This is an introductory lesson to a second grade weather unit. The students will be observing the weather each day for one week and recording their observations in a chart. The students will be integrating information from the Internet as well as what they learn in English by using adjectives in their descriptions. After the students have collected data for a week, in cooperative groups, they will predict the weather for the next week. The teacher will show the students guides or weather reports from past years for that particular week in order to guide them in the direction of an accurate prediction. The students will go to a technology lab to look up and record the weather from a teacher-selected web site.
Standard(s): [TC2] (0-2) 7: Use digital tools to access and retrieve information.
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: 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: Erupting Volcanoes!
In this Science NetLinks lesson, students learn about volcanoes by making and erupting model volcanoes. Students take measurements and make observations before and after the eruption then compare them to see how the eruption changed their volcano.
Standard(s): [S1] (2) 10: Identify the impact of weather on agriculture, recreation, the economy, and society.