Lesson Plan : Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs

Teacher Name:
 Soto
Grade:
 Grade 2
Subject:
 Science

Topic:
 Weather
Content:
 Weather, weather vane
Goals:
 Science Content Standards (Written to Grade 1 Standards) During this unit students will demonstrate knowledge that weather can be observed, measured, and described: by showing how to use simple tools (wind vanes) to measure weather conditions. by recording weather changes fromm day to day.
Objectives:
 This unit is designed to be used as a multidisciplinary supplement to a classroom unit on Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. It can be used to supplement a science unit on weather. It is organized to be used over several days by small groups of children. Activities do not need to be done in sequence. Each is developed to stand alone. It also assumes that students have access to the Internet at school--one computer in the classroom or library. It is recommended that you introduce the first activity on a large screen or ask students to gather around a computer monitor. When teachers model the first activity, groups are more successful when they work on the activities independently. Students can work in collaborative groups or individually to complete the activities in this unit. This unit is designed to be taught over a period of one or two weeks.
Materials:
 Class set of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett Computer with printer Other materials, to include: writing paper, drawing paper, pencils, crayons or colored markers
Introduction:
 Have you read the book Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs? What do you know about how clouds are formed? What are clouds made from? What makes some clouds rain or snow? #2. Have you ever looked at a weather map? Do you know what the numbers mean? Have you seen a photo of the United States taken from a satellite?Do you know what a weather vane does? Do you think the people in Chewandswallow could have used a weather vane to predict their next meal? You will learn about weather vanes and design one that you would want to have at your house. #3Do you know what a weather vane does? Do you think the people in Chewandswallow could have used a weather vane to predict their next meal? You will learn about weather vanes and design one that you would want to have at your house.
Development:
 Today you will visit some sites on the Internet to learn more about clouds. You will also look at some photographs of weather. Then you will write a paragraph about how clouds are made. Remember to have a main idea and add details about clouds. #2 Today you will visit some sites on the Internet to learn more about weather maps. You will also visit web sites that show information about our country's weather. Then you will use a map and transfer some temperatures onto the map.
Practice:
  Here is a page to help you collect information about clouds and lightening. If you want to use the page, go to this site and print it. Click here. Now look at the following web sites: 1. Clouds (Sorry . . . broken link removed) Look at the table. Read the information. 2. Cloud Pictures Click on Lightning and/or on Nature and Weather. Look at all of the photos. 3. Cloud Photographs Scroll down to Cloud Descriptions and Pictures. Read the information and click on each link to see pictures of the cloud types. #2You will use a map of the United States to record some of today's temperatures. You need to print a copy. Click here to find the map. On your map of the United States, write at least five temperatures for today. Be sure the temperatures are in different states. Use these sites to find the information. Today's Weather Look at the weather maps. If you want the maps to be larger, click on the map. When you are done, click on BACK to return to first page. Current Temperatures If you want to find out about one state on the map, click on that state and it will give you temperatures for different cities. To return to large map, click on BACK. #3Today you will visit some sites on the Internet to learn about weather vanes. You will look at the parts of a weather vane. You will read a little about the history of the weather vane. With the things you learn, you will make a list of facts about weather vanes. Last, you will design your own weather vane.
Accommodations:
 skeleton notes can be provided word bank thinking maps web quest
Checking For Understanding:
 You need to have a main idea and at least three details about clouds. Your sentences should begin with capital letters and end with the needed punctuation. You should write in your best printing. Be sure to check your spelling. #2Your name must be on your map. You should have recorded at least five different temperatures in your best handwriting. The temperatures must be in different states. Your coloring should be done neatly. You must have at least eight facts on your list. Your sentences should begin with a capital letter and end with the proper punctuation. Your words should be spelled correctly. Your weather vane should be done neatly #3
Closure:
 After each activity is completed, group discussions of what was "discovered" in the lesson will be done by all groups.
Evaluation:
 Monitor as students complete assignments.
Teacher Reflections:
 leveled books need to be provided for those students not able to access a computer. Students can create a wind vane.

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