The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are a game-changer for science at the elementary level. They are performance standards – the students must “do science” in order to show attainment. Because they need to be worked into the very busy day in an elementary classroom, it is imperative the science standards be integrated with reading and writing workshops and not treated as a separate subject. The Science Clubhouse Workshop series does just that. As a matter of fact, this lesson is also included as a part of a larger, 7 lesson compilation sold here on TPT. Search for: Science Clubhouse Workshop - Kindergarten Compilation (All 7 lessons together).
This lesson integrates science, reading, and writing standards. This lesson is not about checking the weather every day and using weather-gathering tools – although that is a worthy endeavor. Rather, this is about obtaining weather information with the purpose of forecasting and preparing for severe weather.
1. Read What Will the Weather Be? as a Read-Aloud.
2. Gather information about local weather reports using weather maps as models. Draw conclusions about the importance of weather predictions in preparing for severe weather.
3. Write a “how-to” book about dressing appropriately for weather (informational writing).
4. Read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, comparing and contrasting its message to What Will the Weather Be? while playing the “sames” and “differences” game.
Keyterms: Edvance21, Gail Wortmann, Kindergarten, CC, CCSS, Common Core, Writing, Reading, Science, Engineering, NGSS, Next Generation Science Standards, K-ESS3-2