Here's a weather unit for Science and ELA. Students will love this research project on Wicked Weather!
I’ve taught weather as a Science unit with my third graders for many years, and have always culminated it with a research report on wicked weather topics. I’m thrilled to offer my resources in a new lap book format. Keep in mind, these resources work well in an interactive notebook too. Please refer to the list of suggested book sites. There are many great weather books out there. I chose to have a few of my activities highlight 4 major storms, but they are certainly open and ready to be used with ANY storm.
Here’s a brief overview:
Please read page 4 for directions on how to assemble a lap book. I tried to be very clear!
Use the “What Is Wicked Weather?” mini-poster for building background. There is a QR code with a link to a kid-friendly site for researching weather topics. You’ll need access to a QR code reader app and a mobile device to use them. This is a free app to download.
I chose to focus this unit on the following skills: vocabulary development, compare and contrast, research and note-taking, and expository writing.
The CCSS for grades 2-4 are at the bottom of this page for lesson planning purposes.
I’ve included some of my favorite graphic organizers to use for the research in this unit. I’ve used them with my own students for many years. The steps of report writing have been broken down into manageable steps, so even challenged writers can find success with expository writing.
All of the trading cards have a QR code to scan. Each website is kid-friendly to assist them with research. Use the blank trading cards for additional storms.
The US map and map key can be used to identify where these storms occur the most frequently.
You may wish to use the lap book as an ongoing unit organizer, or as a culminating project. There are many creative possibilities! The blank STORMS Acrostic flap book works well with helping students solidify their thinking about the genre. Have them write one thing they learned about storms for each letter in the word STORMS. Use the other flap book to find safety tips in the event when one is in a storm.
I’ve included a list of suggested children’s books websites on pg. 22. The lists are extensive, and work well with children in grades 2-4 as read alouds, independent reading or in a guided reading setting.
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