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Curriculum Area: Science Subject Area: Earth Systems, Structures and Processes Lesson Title: Whats the Weather

Like? Suggested Grade Level: Second Grade Equipment Needed: Computers with Internet connection, video found on YouTube called Seasons of the Year, projector, Microsoft PowerPoint software, paper, markers/colored pencils. Focus Question: What happens when the weather changes? Learning Objectives: Objectives covered in this lesson were taken from by the North Carolina Standard Course of Study standards for Second grade Science. The essential standard listed will help students: 2.E.1Understand patterns of weather and factors that affect weather. Under this standard, I have chosen one clarifying objective to cover in this lesson. Students will be able to do the following: 2.E.1.3 Compare weather patterns that occur over time and relate observable patterns to time of day and time of year. Instructions: Introduce the lesson by asking students what they know about the weather. After taking student responses, play the YouTube video to get them familiar with the concept of seasons and the weather. Once the video is over, let students know that they will be completing a group project about the different seasons and the different weather patterns that occur over time. Assign each student to a group. There will be four groups; one called Spring, one called Summer, Autumn, and Winter. Explain to students that their group will be using kid-friendly search engines on the Internet to research and gather any information about the season they were given. (Websites they intend to use must be approved by the teacher). Encourage them to find information such as when the season begins, what the weather like in that season, what people should wear during this time, and what physical changes may occur outside. Once students have conducted appropriate research, instruct each group that they will announce their findings in a PowerPoint presentation to the class. Encourage students to make their presentations colorful, organized, and fun. Instruct students to take notes of other groups findings for later use. After all four groups have presented their project, explain to students that they will be comparing and contrasting the different characteristics of the seasons they researched. Take a large sheet of paper and draw six two-column boxes. label one boxs columns Spring and Summer, one box Spring and Autumn, Spring and Winter, Summer and Autumn, and the last one Summer and Winter. Ask students to list characteristics and facts about each of the seasons by writing under the appropriate name. Encourage them to find comparisons as well as differences between each set of seasons (i.e.It is really cold in the winter, but it is really hot in the summer). After completing this task, review the information students have presented. Correct any incorrect information and address any other important material that may need to be covered. Evaluation of Content: A rubric will be given before students begin their PowerPoint presentations. Students will be

required to give at least five facts about their topic and will be expected to use at least three features made available on the PowerPoint software (i.e. slide transitions, voice overs, background design, etc.). Students will be informed that their individual participation will be considered while grading the group projects. A quiz will also be given to test students on what they learned in this lesson. Evaluation of Curriculum Integration: Teacher will observe students using the technological resources emphasized in this lesson. He/she should evaluate students on their abilities to use these resources. Teacher should also evaluate the resources the students choose to use.