Saturday, January 12, 2019

Winter Weather Lesson Plans

Winter weather activities are a great way to fit your science standards into your day and learning about how water changes in winter is one of my favorite units!

I don't know about you, but I sure have a hard time fitting science into my day.  There are so many other things to teach and sometimes science and social studies are the first to go.  But I don't like that because, it's the most fun! I've found that by combining these standards with my writing activities helps me fit everything into my day.

Activity 1

We started off with a pre-assessment to see how much students knew about water changes.

To begin our unit, we watched a non fiction powerpoint that teaches the students all about how water changes in winter. 

Next, we work together to create a large graphic organizer web about how water changes in winter.   We worked together to brainstorm different ideas to add to the web. 

Activity 2

After this I showed the students the steps for informational writing.  We used the graphic organizer to get our ideas and the students helped me develop my report. We talked about the different parts of informational writing as the students helped me write my report. 

Next it was time for the students to write their own reports.  First they made their own graphic organizer and then they used an informational writing template to help them write their report about how water changes in winter. 

I love these templates because they are differentiated to meet the needs of all my students.  Plus, they have a built in rubric for easy grading. 

Activity 3

Next we learned all about snowflakes.  Did you know that no two snowflakes are alike? We read the book about a man named Snowflake Bentley who studied snowflakes all his life.  He took photographs of real snowflakes and the students were fascinated by these icy crystals.

We also watch a little time lapse video of a real snowflake which the kids loved.  

Finally it was time for the kids to make their own snowflakes.  We learned that snowflakes have six sides, so we started with a hexagon in the middle of our paper followed by 6 q tips as the sides.  

After that, the students added lots of sparkle and shine with little bits of aluminum foil, beads and other scraps. 

They learned that snowflakes are symmetrical, so the students tried to make sure each side of their snowflake was the same. 

As a little bonus, we decided to do a little science project to see what makes water melt the fastest - salt, flour, hot water or cold water......which do you think did the job???

We had a great couple of days learning about how water changes.  If you want to try these activities in your room, you can grab it here