In Unit 2, students learn how weather affects people both locally and around the world. As in Unit 1, the unit begins with a story about the inquisitive Sofia. This time, Sofia and her friend Jack inquire: “What is weather like around the world?” and “How does weather affect people?” Thus begins students’ challenge to help Sofia and Jack answer these questions. The unit begins with a focused read-aloud of the book On the Same Day in March: A Tour of the World’s Weather by Marilyn Singer. Through this text, students begin to learn about how weather affects people around the world. Students use the words and illustrations in the text to gather information; they then contribute an illustration and sentence to an interactive world weather map. Students continue to use the concepts and vocabulary learned in Unit 1 to explore how weather might affect the lives of other children.
In the second half of the unit, students engage in a close read-aloud of the text Come on, Rain! by Karen Hesse. Students also read and retell several narratives about the experiences of fictional characters in different types of weather, including: Brave Irene by William Steig and Umbrella by Taro Yashima. Students continue to record the local weather as they write entries in individual weather journals based on the class weather journal routine built throughout Unit 1. For the Unit 2 Assessment, students identify story elements of the text One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews to demonstrate progress toward CCSS ELA RL.K.3, W.K.8, L.K.1a, and L.K.6.