How to Teach About Weather with Project Based Learning

One of my top favorite things about project based learning is the endless possibilities of subjects for studying! That and you can incorporate all core content into one project as well! Sometimes that can be overwhelming having too many choices. To help, I create full projects that cover different subjects. They include centers, lesson plans, slide decks, everything you need to successfully teach the content and skills for that specific project!

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A perfect project that can be used in grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade is a project all about weather. I created this project with these grades in mind focused on weather, a popular subject to study in early childhood, and one that the kiddos really enjoy I might add!

 

 

This project can be used in grades Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st Grade and has lessons for almost a full month (13 days to be specific, so use this lesson in a month that has a 4 day weekend and you are covered)! I mean how great is that!

What does this project include??

In this project, you will find, 13 days of detailed lesson plans, a Powerpoint slides deck to use while teaching these lessons, some math and literacy center activities and printable activities to go along with lessons INCLUDING  an all about weather project journal for students to document their learning throughout the project! This is an early childhood classroom MUST HAVE and will be a project you can use for years to come!

How do I introduce this project to my students?

When starting this project, or any project, I always recommend starting with a KWL chart. The K stands for students’ previous knowledge about the subject. The W stands for what the students are wondering about the subject. Finally, the L stands for what students have learned after completing their study of the project. At the beginning, complete the K and the W sections of the chart. Then save the L section for the end of the project. In this weather project, students have their own KWL chart for their weather journals. Have students complete their own after creating the class KWL chart so students can fill in their own previous knowledge and wonderings. This will help you plan the project to best fit your students’ needs.

Another key component of a project is the importance of quality fiction and nonfiction read alouds. Books can enhance and excite children’s learning about the project. You can add books to your classroom library for students to browse and add to lessons based on the different weather types. In each weather lesson, I have included recommended books to start each lesson with. Read alouds are a great way to introduce a topic and are one of my favorite ways to begin a lesson. So much great learning and conversation can stem from a good book! And don’t forget to use Youtube or other online reading platforms like Epic Books to show books for read alouds that you don’t have in your classroom library already!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each lesson discusses a different weather type and includes suggested read alouds, activities, and pages to complete for students’ weather journals. Throughout the project, have students’ record the daily weather. This gives students a practical application for their learning. Being able to identify the weather and know what clothes to wear based on the temperature, is a skill children will use daily.

One of my classroom jobs is the meteorologist. During our morning meeting, we observe and record the weather on our message. The student who is the meteorologist goes to the window and looks for what they see outside. They also have to tell how the it felt (hot, cold) based on when they walked into to school that morning. The students love this job and look forward to it each day!

This can be incorporated into your weather project by choosing a different student to be the meteorologist and practice observing the weather! Students will record the weather in their own weather project journal while the class one is being filled out as well. This will be a daily activity completed during the project.

The greatest part of teaching in a project based learning model, particularly with this project, is that the students direct the learning. Depending on what they are wondering or want to learn regarding weather, can guide how you go through the project. If they already have an understanding about observing weather and know about temperature, you could skip ahead to what they are wanting to learn and build off of that prior knowledge. Make this project your own and for what your class needs! That is the true beauty of project based learning and honestly one of the reasons I prefer teaching in this model compared to others.

Have I convinced you to try project based learning in your classroom? I hope so!

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AND if you like it, check out some of my other full project lesson plans and activities, I know you will like them 🙂 

 

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