Do you need a way to get your students to own their learning and work? Do you also need to help students learn how to read things in order to remember key words? This product should meet both goals.
Kids LOVE to make books. Some kids love to draw, and those that don't can find pictures to cut and paste in order to illustrate what they are learning. Kids need to learn how to find the key words in things they are learning, in order to become great note takers and readers of expository text, and this product prompts them to both write the key words and illustrate them.
This product is dedicated to teaching students about the weather. It is done in book pages, but the books are incomplete. The only component missing are the students. They must write in words they are prompted to write, and illustrate (through their own drawings, or through finding something to cut and paste).
Covered in this product are 6 basic topics:
What is weather?
Students get a basic idea of what weather actually is. They learn that it is important to make observations about the sky, and the changes in the temperature and climate around them. They learn what precipitation is.
Climate Around the World
Students learn about what climate is. They learn why it's important to know what climate is, and they learn about the 4 main climaes: dry, temperate, polar, and tropical.
Here Comes the Sun Fun
Students learn what causes the seasons, and the relationship between the sun and Earth during each season.
They learn about evaporation and condensation, and how
the sun plays a role in evaporation. They learn about how the changes in water's states (solid, liquid, gas) are involved in the water cycle, and they learn about different types of precipitation.
I'm a Cloud Watcher
Students learn about the different types of clouds. We showed the different clouds through the use of cotton balls. Students could use our pictures, make their own cotton clouds, or take pictures of them occurring naturally around them (or cut and paste from existing pictures online).
They learn about the strength and duration of tornadoes, what make a tornado, where they occur in our world, how they occur, what makes them visible, different types of tornadoes, safety precautions, and scientists that study tornadoes.
They learn about the strength, size, and duration of hurricanes, how they are rated, how and where they usually form, storm surges and wind they generate, a little about the coriolis effect, that they are called typhoons in the Pacific, about the eye of the hurricane, naming hurricanes (and their retirements), the story of a devastating hurricane in history (Galveston, TX's 1900 hurricane), science that helps us prepare for future hurricanes, and safety precautions.
For a sneak peek, you can go to this link, which gives you the entire first book for FREE!
I created this in mind for Kindergarten - 3rd grade. Pre-requisites for students to be able to enjoy and understand this product include some ability to read. So it would probably be best for 2nd semester Kindergartners and up (or gifted children, at the younger end of the grade range). However, my 4th grader also enjoyed finishing some of these booklets. So that is why I labeled it for K-3rd. Some of the concepts might be a little more advanced for the younger grades, but I think they can complete them, while other projects may be more of a review for the higher grades.