Thank you so much for returning to my store. With this product as well as all of Maestra Mapache's activities, you are receiving a multi-use product that will give you opportunity to reuse in new ways again and again. This powerpoint includes 2 pages of teacher lesson suggestions and images of six weather systems; original photos of snow, sun, rain, wind, clouds and rainbow.
Suggestions for use:
-These images are created with high resolution so that you may display quality images on your document camera or smartboard.
- Display the images as a powerpoint on a document camera or smartboard.
- Print multiple sets and distribute for seat work.
- Use images for written communication or verbal interaction.
- Laminate the images for durability. Distribute one card (or a set) for paired or group work.
"Images worth a thousand words". Images are independent of student skill level because you will utilize these images for open-ended responses without time frame restrictions and to convey multiple opinions and messages. Images are a flexible tool so the teacher can designate the topic, conversation or quantity of words that may be needed in daily lessons. Images can also be used to introduce or reinforce your unit and your students will be inspired to learn and internalize words and expressions that are important to them in their discussions.
Instead of the transference generally associated with showing a word in one language and then translating it into the second language, avoid the transference by using images to stimulate word association and conversation. The brain is an amazing tool and can use images to help commit vocabulary to memory. Temple Grandin referred to it as “thinking in pictures”. What an enjoyable way to produce communication.
How many other ways can you think of to utilize these pictures? Establish the time frame (present, past, future) as appropriate for your student skill level. Select a random image and use it as a writing prompt. Verbal interaction? How about making statements about the seasons or topography or producing extended communication by telling what the weather or the temperature could be during a particular month? What about colors as well as the weather? What questions can your students create for communicative interaction? Maestra Mapache Creations has coordinated these thematic collections of images and vocabulary to be your versatile tool for both verbal and written activities. Put your valuable time back in your hands.
Essential Background Knowledge
-Weather vocabulary (See link below)
Minor background knowledge:
-Map topography / geography / continents
As always, Maestra Mapache Creations has first created these products for use in her own classroom and the images and activities are designed to be adaptable to any of your lesson units. Textbook vocabulary lists do not always have a sufficient quantity or variety of terms that students needed in order to build idea expansion. Too often, the activities were for rote memory exercises but, not sufficient for expanding into daily use. For this reason I developed my own glossaries and images and let the students choose the vocabulary that had meaning beyond the textbook exercise. "Scaffolding" is the current terminology, however I like to refer to this educational strategy as "spiraling". The teacher provides the framework and examples of the activity and grammar and the students then reuse and recycle their prior knowledge while continually expanding with more complex structures. Students learn to take a more active role in their own learning and can be successful regardless of their skill level.
Please see my other related resources below:
Weather dialogue conversation
Weather Questions and Answers