Thank you for purchasing our 10 Lesson Weather unit geared towards third grade students.
We have also included a pre and post test you can give your students for assessment as well as the Weather Journal.
Lesson 1: Weather versus Climate: An Introduction to Meteorology
In this lesson, students will learn the difference between weather and climate; meteorology and meteorologist. Students will then learn how climate is different around the world based on where the sun is and the tilt of the Earth’s axis.
Lesson 2: Layers of the Atmosphere and Heating of the Earth
Students will learn about the different layers of the atmosphere and what the importance is to each layer. Students will also watch an experiment that will show that warm air always rises.
Lesson 3: Air Pressure and Barometers
In this lesson, students will learn about air pressure and barometers. Then students will make their own barometer to use for their barometric data sheet. Students will then record their data for five days to see what the barometric and air pressure has been for the week.
Lesson 4: Air Movement
Students will learn about the importance of air movement and the history of anemometers. Then students will construct their own anemometers to take home.
Lesson 5: Water Cycle
Students will perform two experiments that focus on the water cycle and then we will discuss those experiments and talk about what we learned. Students will also learn the basics of the water cycle and what each part of the cycle means.
Lesson 6: Cloud Types
Students will watch me perform an experiment of what happens when a cloud becomes so heavy it rains after we have discussed the different types of clouds in the atmosphere. Students will then listen to two stories one called The Cloud Book and the other Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. After I have read them the two books, they will complete a set of worksheets and write their own ending to the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Lesson 7: Warm and Cold Fronts
Students will learn about warm and cold fronts. After they have learned about fronts they will then work on worksheets that ask them to identify cold and warm fronts and answer questions based on a weather map they are given.
Lesson 8: Severe Weather
Students will watch experiments for tornado and hurricane. After they have seen the experiments, students will then learn about tornadoes, hurricanes, and tsunamis in detail. Students will also be briefed on other severe weather that may occur. Finally, students will complete a set of worksheets based on what we have just learned.
Lesson 9: Being a Meteorologist Part 1
Students will be briefed on what their final report will be. This will be the planning stage of their report in which they will present their report to the class the next day. For this lesson specifically, students will prepare what they need to say in their report as well as get their map of the nation done to use in their report.
Lesson 10: Being a Meteorologist Part 2
This is the students culminating report where they will use all of their previous knowledge and do their weather report in front of the class. Each student will be required to speak no more than two minutes.
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