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Weather: Lightning & Thunder (Cross-Curricular Activities)

Weather: Lightning & Thunder (Cross-Curricular Activities)
Weather: Lightning & Thunder (Cross-Curricular Activities)
Weather: Lightning & Thunder (Cross-Curricular Activities)
Weather: Lightning & Thunder (Cross-Curricular Activities)
Weather: Lightning & Thunder (Cross-Curricular Activities)
Weather: Lightning & Thunder (Cross-Curricular Activities)
Weather: Lightning & Thunder (Cross-Curricular Activities)
Weather: Lightning & Thunder (Cross-Curricular Activities)
Product Description
Explore lightning and thunder with cross-curiccular activities and examine the topic from a variety of perspectives. Focus on depth, complexity, and student choice. There is something for everyone.

Section 1: Mythology Text Passage & Activities (pages 1 - 6)
• Text passage - Zeus, god of thunder and lightning
• Sidebar - text specific vocabulary with definitions
• Sidebar - Zeus and thunderbolts
• Graphic organizer - myth story map
• Graphic organizer - citing evidence of character traits
• Text dependent questions - six questions including summary, inference, drawing conclusions, analysis, main idea, and pop culture.

Section 2: Simple Science Text Passage & Activities (pages 7 - 12)
• Text passage - science concepts and explanation of lightning and thunder
• Sidebar - types of lightning
• Sidebar - thunder facts
• Graphic organizer - “pick a passage” for quote analysis
• Graphic organizer - fact finding mission
• Text dependent questions - three questions including sequencing, compare/contrast, and identifying relationship
• Writing prompt - compare and contrast how lightning/thunder are explained by ancient Greeks and modern scientists

Section 3: Student Choice Art Project (pages 13 - 18)
• Requires only a single piece of construction paper
• There are 10 options - everything from story writing to organizers to comic strips
• Complete instruction sheet including explanation of skills and project focus
• Graphic organizer - art project planning sheet
• Graphic organizer - “doodle design” rough sketch
• Infographic - how to create a Twitter Tweet
• Cooperative learning - sharing Twitter Tweets of art project

Section 4: Hands-On Science Experiment (pages 19 - 20)
• Instruction - general information, goal, and purpose
• Procedure steps - simplified procedure for creating mini-thunder
• Cooperative learning - questions for thinking and sharing

Section 5: Science Experiment Report (pages 21 - 28)
• Skill - use of scientific method for reporting
• Structure - each step requires short response
• Format - “Big Idea Blog Spot” creation
• Guidance - “Concept Corner” on each page
• Cooperative learning - students provide comments to other’s blog posting

Section 6: Current Event Related to Thunder and Lightning (page 29 - 37)
• Skill - selection and analysis of newsworthy recent event
• Structure - creation of multiple news articles, graphics and images
• Format - “Netting the News” - student run newspaper
• Guidance - two page instruction sheet included
• Cooperative learning - “Letter’s from Reader’s” section

Bonus Material: Summary grading sheet for all sections

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Total Pages
38 pages
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