Author:
Jeff Ryan, Clancy Wolf
Subject:
Atmospheric Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Unit of Study
Level:
Upper Primary
Tags:
  • Climate
  • ClimeTime
  • Elementary
  • OESD114
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Weather
  • climetime
  • weather maps
  • weather-maps
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs

    Education Standards

    Weather and Climate (3-5)

    Weather and Climate (3-5)

    Overview

    This elementary storyline developed for remote and hybrid teaching was made available through the Growing Elementary Science Project a part of the Washington State ClimeTime initiative. 

    This storyline is developed for 3-5 grade students and presents a weather phenomena in the form of a annual precipitation map from Washington State. Students analyze and interprete the graphical representation and ask questions about the difference between weather and climate. 

    The storyline builds interest and student engagement through an interesting phenomena and then supprorts investigation to consider what is weather and what is climate.

    Overview

    This sequence of instruction was developed to help elementary teachers who are working remotely.  We developed a short science storyline that ties together a few sessions to help explore a specific concept.  We included some activities that honored and included the student’s family and experience, and some that included the potential for ELA learning goals.
    "Weather and Climate" is designed around students making observations of precipitation data in Washington State through analysis of a color coded annual prrecipitation map for Washington. Students then investigate the weather patterns over time in their specific city looking for rainfall and termpature on their birthday for their city.

    This resource was developed as part of Clime Time - a collaboration among all nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) in Washington and many Community Partners to provide programs for science teacher training around Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and climate science. Thanks to the money made available to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) by Governor Inslee and the Washington State Legislature for ClimeTime programing. 

    Storyline

    - Growing Elementary Science Distance Learning Storyline -

     

     

    Ask and Explore 

     

    Introduce Phenomena or Problem

    Carrying Out an Investigation

     

    Investigation – discussion questions- support student use of three-dimensions

    Read, Write, Make Sense

    Discuss Results- Read to gather information- Make Sense of our Ideas

    Putting the Pieces Together

    Bring together evidence from activities-synthesize- extending the learning based on student interest

     

    Engaging Students in Practices 

     

    Next Generation Science Standards

     

     

    Explore WA State map with graphical representation of precipitation

    Identify where you live- pin it using annotate feature in Zoom

    Introduce colored WA map

    Discuss patterns on the map

    Notice and Wonder

    Introduce precipitation key

    Clarify terms: precipitation; weather vs climate

     

    https://bit.ly/2VIcoM0

     

     

    What causes these strange patterns of precipitation here in WA State?

     

    Breakout rooms for groups to consider the question and spend further time observing and providing inferences for the causes of the patterns.

     

    Session Padlet:

    https://bit.ly/2VLxhWQ

     

     

    Investigate the Weather on Your Birthday

     

     

    Students research the weather on the day they were born and each day for the 10-11 years they have been alive. The class data is plotted on a provided graph

     

    Becoming a Meteorologist- Career Connections

    https://bit.ly/3xMtlSt

    What was the weather yesterday?

    Investigating the weather on your birthday.

    How do we gather weather data?

    What was the weather like on the day that you were born?

    What was the weather like on your birthday for the last 10 years?

    Investigation Documents:

    Weather Research 

     

     

     

     

     

    Read-aloud:

    “On the Same Day in March”

     

    See the Read-aloud Guide for options on ways to access this book and options for student interaction with the book.

    Optional Student Home-Fun: Career Connections

    NewsELA Articles

    Note: You may wish to assign this work any time throughout the learning arc.

     

    https://bit.ly/3CNgvqX

     

     

     

     

    Choice Board Activities include:

    Weather Hazards and My Family

    My Washington Weather

    Weather Activism and COCORAHS

    Washington State Mountains and Rainshadows

    Choice Board Options Here

     

    On the Same Day in March (Option 1 and 2)

    https://tinyurl.com/trrcdmaw

     

     

     

    Family and Community Connections

    Family weather stories

     

    What are some memorable weather stories you and your family have experienced?

     

    Exploring weather patterns over time (precipitation and temperature) to develop data tables and  interpret information about the climate.

     

     

     

    Technology Considerations

     

     

    Jamboard for modeling for sensemaking & Notice and Wonder

    https://bit.ly/2VIcoM0

     

    Exploring historical weather data using

     

    https://bit.ly/3CNgvqX

     

     

     

     

     

                    Storyline Launch →                      Investigating →                                 Sensemaking ⇢