Unit 1 launches with the story of a young girl named Sofia, who is curious to know more about the weather. To help Sofia in her quest, students participate in focused read-alouds and close read-alouds of Weather Words and What They Mean by Gail Gibbons and Weather (National Geographic Readers) to try to answer the question: “What is weather?” Specifically, students learn the components of weather and develop a rich bank of words and scientific concepts to describe the amount of sunlight, the force of the wind, precipitation, and temperature. They continue to engage with scientific concepts through Frayer Models and the Interactive Word Wall protocol. Students then use this vocabulary to record the local weather in an interactive class weather journal used throughout the unit.
Individually, students use a Meteorologist’s notebook to track their learning. The notebook includes weather fact pages, on which students create entries that include a weather word, picture, and definition and/or scientific fact about that word. For the Unit 1 Assessment, students create a fact page that includes a drawing of weather and a sentence telling a fact about weather. (W.K.2, L.K.1f, and L.K.6)
Students further develop an understanding of weather through interactive science experiences and structured discussions. Students track learning from these hands-on science experiences in their Meteorologist’s notebooks. Through all of these experiences, students develop a habit of character connected to responsibility as they consider the question: “How do I show responsibility as a learner?”