What’s the Weather Like Today? – A Science/Geography Lesson Plan for Foundation and Year 1

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Summary of Lesson Plan:

In this lesson plan, students will explore different types of weather and the way in which they impact on people and the way they go about their daily activities and the impacts that it has on their behaviours.

Australian Curriculum Links:

Foundation – Science:
  • Daily and seasonal changes in our environment, including the weather, affect everyday life (ACSSU004)
  • Science involves exploring and observing the world using the senses(ACSHE013)
  • Respond to questions about familiar objects and events (ACSIS014)
  • Explore and make observations by using the senses(ACSIS011)
  • Engage in discussions about observations and use methods such as drawing to represent ideas (ACSIS233)
  • Share observations and ideas (ACSIS012)

Prior Knowledge and Experience:

Students would have a range of weather experiences in different types of conditions. These experiences will be drawn upon throughout the lesson.

Objectives:

  • For students to understand that with different weather different actions need to be taken.
  • For students to understand that the weather is an important part of life.

Lesson Plan Sequence:

Introduction/Motivation:
  • Read the books I’m freezing by Shane McG. Ask some questions about the book and lead into…
  • Explaining to the students that weather is important in everyone’s life. It can impact on the games that you play, the clothes you wear and many other things.
  • Have the students look outside to see what the weather is looking like? Ask the students what they observe.
  • Students will then engage in a class discussion on words that are associated with weather. Writing these words on a whiteboard/butchers paper. Words include; sun, wind, rain, clouds, hot, cold, freezing, warm, etc.
  • Ask students how they feel in certain weather conditions to gain an understanding of how they understand the different weather terms.
Body:
  • The students will complete a worksheet answering the following questions (Go through the worksheet while the students are attentive.
  1. Draw the type of clothes you would wear on a freezing cold morning?
  2. Draw what would you wear if the weather got hot?
  3. What games would you play on a rainy day?
  4. What games would you play on a sunny day?

Conclusion:

  • Have the students discuss again some of the ideas that they drew on their paper and show the pictures to the other students.

Assessment/Evaluation/Follow Up:

  • Assess by looking at the pictures that the students draw and the response that they give in the original discussion time.

Resources:

  • Worksheet on weather (COMING SOON)
  • Whiteboard and/or butchers paper
  • Book – I’m freezing by Shane McG

 

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