We've been studying weather since the beginning of the month. Do you ever feel like there is just so much to cover??
My students were memorized by the different weather images I put up on my science wall. I loved how they referred to them during class discussions!
This week we are discussing extreme weather storms, like hurricanes and tornadoes. I've been using Weather - Creating a Non-Fiction Text Features Booklet (by Teachers are Terrific) during Readers Workshop to help students learn about the different characteristics of the storm.
This was a real discussion in our classroom:
Me: Where should you go in your house if there's a warning about a tornado?
John: I would go in my basement.
Me: Which part of your basement would you go in? The bathroom? Does the bathroom in the basement have windows?
John: Well, there's windows there. Maybe I should go to a bathroom upstairs?
Me: No, you really should stay in the basement. Is there a room in the basement with no windows?
John: I could always go to the room where my dad keeps the wine.
Me: (trying not to giggle) That sounds like a good idea!
John: Wait! If the strong winds from the tornado come, it will break the wine bottles and I'll have wine all over me! It is not a good place!
Steven: John! Which is better - have wine spill all over you or be sucked up by a tornado and die?
The boys continued to have a discussion about which was the better choice (being 100% serious) while I laid my head on my desk because tears were streaming down my face. Then my class proceeded to tell me that my mascara was running all down my face. I love how they always look out for me (and for each other).
Here's a quick freebie to add to your weather unit!
There's a pre-planning sheet to help your students organize their information.