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SETON HILL UNIVERSITY

Lesson Plan Template

TOPIC DETAILS CK

Name Miss. Keller

Subject Earth Science

Grade Level 4th grade

Date/Duration 45 minutes

RATIONALE Standard: 3.3.4.A5 Describe basic weather elements


Identify weather patterns over time.

Standard: 3.3.4.A6 Explain how basic weather elements are measured

Standard: CC.1.2.4.F Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in
grade-level text, including figurative language

INTRODUCTION Activating Prior Knowledge

I will ask the students to look outside and tell me what they see. What is the weather
like today? (answers will vary depending on the day) How did you know what to wear
to school today? (parents, or news) Do you know what the person is called who talks
about the weather on the news? (they may say weather man/woman; meteorologist) If
they dont know the name for a weather person, then I will tell them and spell it out on
the board so they have a visual. Then I will ask if anyone knows how weather is
measured? (they may answer thermometer, but they may not know any.) If they dont
know any I will tell them that thats okay because we are going to learn about them.

Hook/Lead-In/Anticipatory Set

I will play a video of a weather forecast on YouTube. The video is Philadelphias


Weather Forecast from The Weather Channel. This video gives the students an idea of
what a meteorologist does and shows them what a forecast is.

EXPLICIT INSTRUCTION Big Idea Statement

Weather can be observed using tools that allow us to analyze their patterns and collect
data.

Weather can be predicted by looking at patterns throughout periods of time.


Essential Question Statement

What tools are used to measure weather? What types of weather can be observed?
What does data collected from weather tell us about their patterns?

Objective Statement (Audience, Behavior, Condition, Degree)

The 4th grade students will be able to identify each of the weather instruments and the
type of weather they measure by completing a worksheet with 80% accuracy.

Vocabulary

Meteorologist- a person who studies weather


Forecast- a prediction of weather conditions at a certain time in the near future
Prediction- when someone makes an educated guess about the future
Air mass- a large volume of air with a certain temperature and humidity
Front- the area between two air masses
Anemometer- an instrument that measure wind speed
Thermometer- an instrument that measure temperature
Wind vane- an instrument that measures wind direction
Barometer- an instrument that measure air pressure
Hygrometer- an instrument that measures humidity
Rain gauge- an instrument that measures the amount of precipitation that has fallen
Air pressure- the force of the airs weight pressing down on us
Humidity- the amount of water vapor in the air
Temperature- how hot or how cold something is
Warm front- an area on the leading edge of a warm air mass
Cold front- an area on the leading edge of a cold air mass

Transition

I will make sure I have their attention by saying Scooby Dooby Doo and they will
respond with Where are you? I will then tell them what we are going to do.

LESSON PROCEDURE Pre-Assessment of Students

I will have the students get their I-pads and go to nearpod.com. They will put in the
code and their full name. I will start the nearpod. The nearpod will cover all the
vocabulary in in-depth terms and provide pictures. At the beginning of the nearpod
there will be two questions; 1. Who do you think predicts the weather? 2. How do you
think meteorologists predict the weather? This is my pre-assessment of the students.
Each question is open-ended and each student must submit an answer. After each
question slide is a slide that provides the correct answer with some detail.
Modeling of the Concept

While I go over the slides, the students will be filling out a fill in the blank and matching
worksheet. The information on the slides will be on the worksheets. One paper will
have a matching section, on one side will be the names of the weather instruments and
the other side is what they measure. They will have to match the instrument and what
they measure by placing the corresponding letter to the instrument. Underneath the
matching are pictures of each of the instruments and the students will write what each
instrument is using the word bank. The fill in the blank will also have a word bank.
They will have to fill in the blank as I go through the nearpod. After I hand out these
worksheets before I start the nearpod, I will tell the students NOT to do the last 3
problems on the fill in the blank worksheet. Those will be done after the nearpod.

Guiding the Practice

At the end of the nearpod there are a few review slides. There are open-ended
questions, fill in the blanks, and draw it questions and every student must submit an
answer. I will give the students about 3 minutes on each question, or until everyone has
submitted an answer. Once everyone has answered the question, we will go over the
question as a class.

Providing Independent Practice

Once we have gone over each question, I will exit out of the nearpod. I will tell the
students to work on the last three problems on the fill in the blank worksheet. Once
they have completed those 3 questions, they will bring the paper up to me and I will
check it. If they have any questions wrong I will mark them and hand them back to
them to fix. Once the period is up I will collect all the worksheets they completed during
the nearpod and after. We will go over the answers the following day.

Transition

I will have the students stand up from their seats and we will do a Go Noodle dance
from gonoodle.com. I will allow the students to vote on which dance we do.

READING MATERIALS, Nearpod


TECHNOLOGY, AND Computer
SUPPLIES Projector
24 Matching worksheets
24 fill in the blank worksheets
Philadelphias Weather Forecast from The Weather Channel YouTube video

EVALUATION OF THE Formal Evaluation


LEARNING/MASTERY
OF THE CONCEPT The formal evaluation are the worksheets that they will hand in to me after the nearpod
presentation.

Informal Evaluation

This will be the questions in the nearpod presentation that they have to answer
afterwards. I will measure this with the nearpod system. I will be able to see who
answered and what their answer was.
CLOSURE Summary and Review of the Learning

I will review what we learned briefly before we dance. I will have each student tell me
something interesting they learned during the lesson.

Homework/Assignments

Their homework will be starting their weather journal. The students will have to get
online and look at the forecast for the current day and the next or watch the news to
find out. They will write the date and time they found the data. They will circle what the
condition was for the day (sunny, partly cloudy, cloudy, raining, snowing, or storming),
the current temperature, the wind speed and direction, the amount of precipitation,
and humidity percentage. Next to this box they will write what the expected forecast is
for the next day. The temperature high and low, precipitation chance, conditions, and
whether they agree or disagree and why. This will be a daily homework assignment for
a week.