Kinds of Weather And What to Wear
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Margaret Ann Thornton Cardenas Elementary School
1234 South Millard Avenue.
Chicago IL 60623
After each demonstration, the student should be able to
1. recognize cloud, and fog formation;
2. recognize the characteristics of rain, snow and wind;
3. determine dress attire for each kind of weather;
4. make a weather book.
portable burner a jar
pan of water warm water
ice cubes to cover the tray matches
plastic tray a sheet of black paper
an electric fan cut white paper
umbrella snow boots
hat manuscript paper
paper fasteners construction paper
Take the jar and tape black paper on the back of the jar. You can't see
through the jar. Fill one third of the jar with warm water. Have the bag of
ice and matches nearby. Light the match and hold it over the jar opening.
After a few seconds, drop the match in the jar and cover the top of the jar with
the bag of ice. Observe the inside of the jar against the black paper
While bringing the pan of water to a boil, cover at least half of the
plastic tray with ice. Hold the tray of ice above the pan so rising steam hits
the tray of ice. What happens to the tray? Continue holding the tray until
large droplets form and fall. It's rain.
Turn on an electric fan and proceed to pour cut white paper in front of the
fan. This shows some characteristics of snow. Incidentally, a German
meteorologist, a scientist who studies the atmosphere and weather, discovered
cold clouds. The discovery found that when water and ice coexist, the water is
attracted to the ice. At certain temperatures, snow is formed.
With cut paper streamers taped to the front of an electric fan, turn the
fan on. Wind is characterized.
With an appropriate wardrobe of clothing, students will model the proper
attire for a given kind of weather.
Given a weather phrase, student will brainstorm short stories. After
brain-storming, the student will expand phrase into a complex sentence. The
student will write an ending sentence to a short story.
In the space provided at the top of the manuscript paper, the student must
draw story illustrations. The main idea must be emphasized with a variety of
details. All pictures must be colored.
Given construction paper, the student will make a cover page depicting an
illustration of a favorite weather story, the title of a weather book, and
All stories are organized and fastened onto cover page for completion of a
The Assessment Scoring Rubric
The weather book completed with at least five stories with the appropriate
illustrations, colorful cover page and the proper identifying information
written at the bottom of the page.
Given phrases should be expanded in complex sentences. All other sentences
should be details or related to the main idea. The final ending sentence should
tell how the subject feels. All illustrations must be colored.
The weather book is completed with a minimum of four stories with the
appropriate illustrations, colorful cover page and the proper identifying
The weather book consists of two completed stories, illustrations, cover
page and illustrations.
The weather book consists of colorful cover page, incomplete stories and
Trial and error.