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Weather and Seasons Thematic Unit

Weather and Seasons Thematic Unit

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A Weather and Seasons Unit which is infused with technology lessons and resources. Assistive technology recommendations and descriptions are incorporated throughout the activities.
A Weather and Seasons Unit which is infused with technology lessons and resources. Assistive technology recommendations and descriptions are incorporated throughout the activities.

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Published by: smeyers6744815 on May 13, 2010
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Weather and Seasons Thematic Unit
Lesson Overview:
  Thematic Weather and Seasons Unit is designed to integrate technology intoa learning activity in order for young learners to utilize 21st Century skills. The lessons cross all content curriculums and require active discussion andcritical thinking skills. Students will learn how math, spreadsheets andgraphs are useful to compare weather information. They will communicateglobally about their favorite weather activities. Primary source documents willbe used to learn about weather facts from past to present. Students will beable to describe how weather conditions affect their everyday lives throughexperience writing, digital storytelling, photography, audio, and music. Thestudents will appreciate how weather forecasts keep us safe and ready forany weather conditions.
Curriculum Subject(s) and subject area(s)/topic(s):Subjects:
math, science, language arts, social studies, the arts, music, andtechnological literacy
Estimated duration:
31-45 days
Grade Level:
Kindergarten (appropriate up to grade 2)
Curriculum Goal(s): New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards
Students will be able to:
Use technology terms in daily practice.
Create a document with text using a word processing program.
Demonstrate the ability to navigate in virtual environments that aredevelopmentally appropriate.
Use digital tools and media-rich resources in order to enhancecreativity and the construction of knowledge.
Illustrate and communicate original ideas and stories using digital toolsand media-rich resources.
Engage in a variety of developmentally appropriate learning activitieswith students in other classes, schools, or countries using electronictools.
Understand that information accessed through the use of digital tools
assists in generating solutions and making decisions.
Describe how technology products, systems, and resources are usefulat school, home, and work.
Collect and post the results of a digital classroom survey about aproblem or issue and use data to suggest solutions.
Communicate with students in the United States or other countriesusing digital tools to gather information about a specific topic andshare results.
Understand and evaluate temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.
Recognize and describe changes over time (e.g., temperature, height).
Evaluate data collected from the student’s everyday experiences.
Use the language of mathematics to express mathematical ideasprecisely.
Create pictorial representations from collected data (e.g., diagrams,charts, or tables).
Make and compare graphical representations (e.g., a line graph).
Use technology to gather, analyze, and communicate mathematicalinformation.
Examine current weather conditions including air movement, clouds,and precipitation.
Evaluate how weather conditions affect our daily lives.
Use voice and movement in solo, paired, and group pantomimes andimprovisations
Explore the use of a wide array of art mediums and select tools thatare appropriate to the production of works of art in a variety of artmedia.
Social Studies
Observe and document daily weather conditions and discuss how theweather influences activities for the day.
Understand that people view and interpret events differently becauseof the times in which they live, the experiences they have had, theperspectives held by their cultures, and their individual points of view.
Language Arts
Demonstrate understanding of the function of a book and its parts,including front and back and title page.Use new vocabulary and grammatical construction in own speech.Attempt to put ideas into writing using pictures, developmentalspelling, or conventional text.Participate in group writing activities such as experience stories,interactive writing, and shared writing.Show and talk about work samples containing pictures, developmentalspelling, or conventional text.Interpret simple graphs, charts, and diagrams.Draw conclusions from information and data gathered.Produce stories from personal experiences.Attempt to use new vocabulary learned from shared literature andclassroom experiences.Use technology terms in daily practice.
Lesson 1: Weather Watchers
At the completion of this lesson, the student will be able to:Identify types of weather.Identify the four seasons.Discuss how the weather changes daily.Calculate a monthly weather calendar in an Excel program.Demonstrate how to use Microsoft Excel to display data.Compare data, using Excel, to create different types of graphs.Evaluate daily weather changes, and interpret their monthly weathergraph.Discover why graphs and charts help organize data.
Prerequisite skills:
Students need a firm grasp with one to one correspondence while counting.Students should have background with computers and how to control amouse. The lesson can be done without this prerequisite, but a teacher's

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