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Vancouver Island University Faculty of Education

BACHELOR OF EDUCATION - UNIT MATRIX


Part 1
Grade(s): Kindergarten

Title of Unit: Weather

Overview of Unit Topic/Theme: a) Provide an overall picture of the unit of study; and b) identify key unit concepts (2 -5).
a) This unit will focus on the weather changes. Some of the topics covered include: temperature and the different types of weather (clouds, rain,
and wind).
b) In this unit, students will learn:
- About hot and cool temperatures
- Different types of cloud covers
- Different types of precipitation
- Different types of wind
Rationale for Unit: Why are you teaching this unit and how is it relevant to the students at this point in time?
I am teaching this unit at this time because weather is something that affects us every day. Students need to be able to understand the different types
of weather so they can properly dress for the day. Following the weather unit, we will be moving on to the seasons unit, and the unit on how living
things change to accommodate daily and seasonal changes. The unit of weather will help students to prepare for the units to follow.
List the Provincial Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
Big Ideas:
- Daily and seasonal changes affect all living things
Curricular Competencies:
- Demonstrate curiosity and a sense of wonder about the world
- Experience and interpret the local environment
- Discuss observations
Content:
-Weather changes
Language Competencies:
- Alejandro: Listening, speaking and writing.
- Mohammad: Listening, speaking and writing.
Language Standards:
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Alejandro:
- requires extensive support with content language
- uses limited vocabulary
- may give a single letter to represent a word
Mohammad:
- generally understands vocabulary in everyday conversation
- uses content-specific language with some errors
- copies classroom notes with greater accuracy
Culminating Task(s): Briefly describe the culminating task(s) that will provide a demonstration and/or celebration of student learning.
Students will be creating a daily weather calendar/weather report for the entire school to see. Before creating this, students will be learning about the
different types of weather, and temperatures. I will have a meteorologist come into the classroom and give a presentation to the students before the
final project. They will be working on this final project with the help of their grade 7 buddies.
Resources: What resources will you use in this unit?
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUSbazn3STo
- https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Weather-Vocabulary-Writing-Practice-Reader-MiniBook-930241
- http://fun-a-day.com/weather-graphs-free-printables/
- http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/worksheets/weather/
- https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/daily-weather-chart-291033
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofRqD7m4tQ
- https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Weather-Vocabulary-Writing-Practice-Reader-MiniBook-930241
- http://funinfirst.com/precipitation/
- http://www.giftofcuriosity.com/make-a-rain-cloud-in-a-jar/
- http://www.giftofcuriosity.com/weather-science-how-to-make-a-cloud-in-a-jar/
- Multiple classroom supplies: chart paper, markers, etc.
- Multiple books on weather.

Part 2
Learning Outcomes

Description of Learning
Assessment Method/Tool
Assessment Criteria
Activities & Strategies
What are the unit level learning What teaching strategies & activities What method (e.g. write/say/do) and By what criteria do you decide that
outcomes? What do you want
will you utilize to enable students to tool/instrument will you use to collect the outcome has been successfully
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students to
learn/understand/appreciate?
Lesson 1: intro to weather
lesson: students will learn what
the weather is. They will learn
about and be able to identify
different types of weather.

achieve the learning outcomes?

Lesson 2: precipitation lesson:


students will learn what
precipitation is. They will also
know the four main types of
precipitation.

Lesson 2: I will start the lesson off by


reviewing what was learned the
previous day. We will then fill in our
weather graph. I will then introduce
the new topic with a YouTube video.
After the video, we will discuss what
the 4 types of precipitation are. After
this students will be creating weather
booklets, which they will be working
on for the rest of the unit.

Lesson 1: students will be helping me Lesson 1: while making the KWL


to create a KWL chart. This will be
chart, students will be orally telling
done as a pre-assessment tool, and will me what they know. When we are
help me decide the best way to move outside observing the weather, and
forward with the lesson/unit. Students filling in the daily weather chart,
will also help fill in the daily weather students will again be orally telling
graph, and be doing some observing of me what they know. Students will
weather themselves.
also be completing a matching
worksheet.

Lesson 3: I will start the lesson off by


Lesson 3: clouds lesson:
reviewing what was learned the
students will learn about cloud previous day. We will then fill in our
cover. They will know the
weather graph. I will then read a book
following: cloudy, partly cloudy, about clouds to the class. After the
clear, and foggy.
book we will be making a cloud chart
explaining what we know as a class. I
will then be doing a science
experiment with the class, and they
will be making predictions and
observations.
Lesson 4: I will start the lesson by
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evidence of the learning?

Lesson 2: during the discussion after


the video and the discussion during
closure, I will be asking students
what the four types of precipitation
are. They will be telling me orally. I
will also be looking at students
weather booklets.

met? What will you look for in the


evidence?
Lesson 1: when filling in the KWL
chart, I will ask each student for
one thing they learned about
weather today. I will also be
looking for worksheets that are
complete and correctly matched.

Lesson 2: I will be looking for


students orally telling me the
correct four types of precipitation. I
will also be looking at students
weather booklets to make sure that
the writing and pictures are
correctly done.

Lesson 3: when making the cloud


Lesson 3: I will be looking for
chart, I will be asking students for
students orally telling me what they
what they know about cloud cover. I know about cloud cover when we
will also be asking students about
make our chart. I will also be
their predictions and observations
looking at students booklets to
during the experiment and be looking make sure they have written
in their booklets as well.
down/drawn their predictions and
observations correctly.

Lesson 4: I will be looking for

Lesson 4: Wind lesson: students reviewing what was learned the


will learn about wind. They will previous day. I will then explain the
know the difference between
craft we are making today with the
calm, breezy, and windy.
help of our big buddies. Students will
be making their own pinwheels and
then testing them outside. After they
test them outside, we will be
discussing it, and we will fill in our
weather graph.
Lesson 5: Temperature lesson:
students will learn about
temperature. They will know the
difference between hot, cold,
cool and warm.

Lesson 4: students will need to cut


out the paper in the shape of a
pinwheel with the help of their
buddies. They will be filling in their
weather booklets and orally telling
me what they know about wind.

students orally telling me what they


know about wind. I will also be
looking for correctly make weather
pinwheels, and I will also be
looking at students booklets to
make sure they have correctly filled
out the wind section.

Lesson 5: I will be looking for


Lesson 5: I will start the lesson off by
students orally telling me
asking students what word they would Lesson 5: students will be orally
appropriate/correct words for
use to describe the temperature of the telling me what words they would use describing temperature. I will also
classroom. I will then ask about other to describe certain areas. Students
be looking for students asking the
words you can use to describe
will also be documenting their
presenter questions. I will also be
temperatures outside. I will then
knowledge in their booklets. During looking at students booklets to
introduce our meteorologist presenter the presentation, students will be able make sure they have the
of the day. After the presentation,
to ask any questions they may have. temperature section correctly filled
students will be filling in their
out.
booklets, and we will fill in our
weather graph.

Lesson 6: I will be looking for


Lesson 6: Weather
Lesson 6: I will start the lesson off my Lesson 6: students will be orally
students orally telling me what they
calendar/report lesson: students reviewing what has been learned over telling me what they have learned
learned about weather using the
will learn how to create a
the course of the unit. I will then show during this unit. Students will be
correct terminology. I will also be
weather calendar/report. They students my example weather
orally sharing their knowledge with looking for students orally sharing
will also learn the importance of calendar/report. Students will then be their big buddies, classmates and me their ideas with the rest of their
working together and sharing
broken off into four groups, and will during the creation of the
classmates and big buddies. I will
knowledge.
be working with their big buddies to calendar/report.
also be looking for students
create one calendar/report. Then they
correctly making their weather
will be combining into two groups.
calendar/reports.
Later, the two groups will come
together and share to create a whole
class final product.
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