1.)Each student will bring an observational chart and a pencil outside.
2.)At the start of the day, the teacher and student will stand outside for approximately 5-10 minutes making group observations of the weather. The teacher may ask the students questions, such as what they think is the reason behind the air feeling hot or cold, or why clouds are different shapes.
3.)The students will then record observations into their charts and return to the classroom.
4.)Then the class will visit the technology lab to gather, interpret and collect data from the Internet about the daily weather and record on their observation chart.
(The Weather Channel
)This web site allows for anyone to check the local weather by typing in the zip code and to check national weather around the United States.
5.)When the students return to the classroom, the teacher will demonstrate how to read a thermometer. The students will read the indoor/outdoor thermometer that is provided in the classroom and record the temperature.
6.)While the students are out at recess, they will make more observations and record any differences from the morning results, in addition to recording the temperature when they return from recess.
7.)Repeat steps one through six for five days.
8.)After the last recording on the fifth day, divide the students into cooperative groups of 3-4, and have them compare their data. During their group time together, the students will predict what the weather will be for the next three days and write it into the observation chart.
9.)The students will then write a short paragraph explaining how and why they came to the predictions that they did.