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Jess Porter

Lesson Details
Lesson Title: Discovering Weather and How Clouds Make Rain
Content Area: Science
Grade Level: Pre- Kindergarten

A. Objectives:
The students will be able to:
1.) Identify and discuss basic weather conditions
2.) Understand and recognize weather, climate, and atmospheric
3.) Successfully complete an experiment concerning rain clouds
B. Standards

PA Standards: 3.3.1 A5: Become familiar with weather

instruments. Collect, describe, and record basic information about
weather over time.

ISTE Standards: #2 Communication and Collaboration:

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and
work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual
learning and contribute to the learning of others.

C. Enduring Understandings (Big Ideas):

1. Weather is a powerful force of nature.
2. Weather affects all life on earth.
3. Water is essential for life on Earth.
4. Cycles produce constant change on Earth.
5. Some events in nature have a repeating pattern.
6. Changes in weather affect our daily lives.
D. Essential Questions:
1. How do we get the water we use every day?
2. How does weather affect where we live?
3. Why is weather a system?


Why are weather predictions not always right?

How do humans impact weather systems on Earth?
How can weather be described?
How is weather related to water?

A. Formal:
a. Students will come see the teacher after the experiment for a
one on one conference about what they learned from this
experiment. (1,2,3)
b. Students will draw a picture of a weather scene while other
students are in their one on one conference. (2)
B. Informal:
Students will complete an experiment in small groups. (3)
Students will create a concept map with the teacher on weather
before the experiment. (1,2)

A. Materials and Resources
1.) The Internet to use Inspiration
2.) Smart board/projector
2.) Plastic cups
3.) Water
4.) Shaving Cream
5.) Blue Food Coloring
6.) Paper
7.) Colored pencils
B. Procedure
1.) Anticipatory Set
T will gather students on the floor in the front of the room,
turn on the smart board, and pull up Inspiration to begin a
group concept map on weather.
S will raise their hands and say what they know about
T will continue to add the information on to the concept map
as the students give ideas.
2.) Experiment
T will break the students into small groups
T will then distribute the materials for the rain cloud
project to each group.
T will demonstrate the rain cloud project in the front of
the room for all of the students to see.

S will then perform the experiment on their own in

their small groups. They will have the instructions
written on the smart board in case they forget steps.

3.) Discussion
T will have students come to her/his desk one by one and have a one on
one conference with them to make sure that they understood the purpose
of the experiment.
S will take a piece of paper and crayons/colored pencils and color a
weather scene while T holds the individual conferences.
4.) Closure
T will have the class rejoin at the front of the room.
T will take volunteers to describe their experience doing the experiment
and what they learned about weather.
T will then pull up the concept map and have the students add anything
that they feel they need to add to their concept map about weather.