The Best Book of Weather<br />By Simon Adams<br />
Things To Know<br />Before you complete this lesson you will need to have a copy of the book “The Best Book of Weather” by Simon Adams.<br /> Here is a link to the book on Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Best-Book-Weather-Books/dp/0753461722/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270944063&sr=1-1 <br />You will also need to know how to take a screenshot for this lesson. Many of the activities that you will do will require you to show your results in some way and a screenshot is the format you will use to do this.<br />PC users: Press the “PRNT SCRN” key on the upper right on your keyboard<br />MAC users: Hold down “SHIFT, APPLE, and 3”<br /> Both of these methods will produce a picture of your screen on your desktop.<br />
Before You Read<br />What would you like to learn about weather? Post a sticky on wallwisher.com to let us know! Make sure you include a picture as well.<br />http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/Ve9HEgU8FI<br />Brush up on your weather vocabulary. Visit this link to learn all the terms you need to know before you read about weather. <br />http://www.theweatherchannelkids.com/weather-ed/weather-encyclopedia/<br />
While You Read<br />What are you learning as you are reading? Post insights, questions, observations, etc. to this blog as you read. Also, respond to two other classmates’ posts.<br />http://sarahrobertsedrdg445.blogspot.com/2010/04/weather.html<br />
After You Read<br />Now that you have read “The Best Book of Weather” by Simon Adams, I hope you have learned much more about the weather! <br />Try this game to see how much you’ve learned about predicting the weather. Take a screenshot of your results.<br />http://www.edheads.org/activities/weather/frame_loader.htm<br />Use this website to create an acrostic poem using one of the weather words from the book. Take a screenshot of the acrostic poem you create.<br />http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/acrostic/<br />
Beyond What You Read<br />Use this link to do a word search for some of our weather words. Take a<br />screenshot of your completed puzzle. (Bonus words: Sun and Hail)<br />http://www.apte.com/puzzles/index.cfm?action=dsp_puzzle&pcpuzzledb_id=226132<br />Now you can experiment with making your own weather!<br />http://www.scholastic.com/kids/weather/sim/game.htm<br />Here are some other weather books that you can read!<br />Weather (DK Eyewitness Books) by Brian Cosgrove<br />The Kids' Book of Weather Forecasting (Williamson Kids Can! Series) by Mark Breen and Kathleen Friestad<br />Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll by Franklyn M. Branley and True Kelley<br />Weather Forecasting by Gail Gibbons<br />Weather by Seymour Simon<br />
About What You Read<br />Here is the rubric I will be using when grading this lesson. It is designed to evaluate the meaning you have made of the text and experiences in this lesson.<br />http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php?screen=ShowRubric&rubric_id=1890930<br />
Online Activity<br />Please take this online quiz to show me what you have learned about “The Best Book of Weather”. Answer each question to the best of your ability. You will not be able to return to previous pages to change answers. At the end of the quiz you will be able to review all of the questions, you will see which questions are answered, unanswered and flagged. If there is a question you are unsure of you can answer it and flag it for later review. The quiz will begin once you hit the Start Quiz button and will not be sent until you hit Submit on the Review Quiz page. Below are specifics about the quiz. Good luck!<br />http://quizstar.4teachers.org/<br />Please complete this quiz based on the book that you have read, “The Best Book of Weather”. I'm excited to see what you have learned! <br />Here are specific items about this quiz: 8 questions<br />Total # of attempts allowed for this quiz: 1 <br />Log on under the student section using your username and password<br /> (Use “djlowry” for the username and “password” as the password.)<br />
Standards<br />Indiana English/Language Arts 3rd Grade Standards<br />3.1 Students understand the basic features of words. They select letter patterns and know how to translate them into spoken language using phonics (an understanding of the different letters that make different sounds), syllables, word parts (un-, -ful), and context (the meaning of the text around a word). They apply this knowledge to achieve fluent (smooth and clear) oral and silent reading. <br />3.1.5 Demonstrate knowledge of grade-level-appropriate words to speak specifically about different issues. <br />3.2 Students read and understand grade-level-appropriate material. The selections in the www.doe.in.gov/standards/readinglist.html illustrate the quality and complexity of the materials to be read by students. At Grade 3, in addition to regular classroom reading, students read a variety of nonfiction, such as biographies, books in many subject areas, children's magazines and periodicals, and reference and technical materials. <br />3.2.7 Follow simple multiple-step written instructions. <br />3.5 At Grade 3, students continue to write compositions that describe and explain familiar objects, events, and experiences. Students write both informal and formal letters. Student writing demonstrates a command of Standard English and the drafting, research, and organizational strategies outlined in Standard 4 - Writing Processes and Features. Writing demonstrates an awareness of the audience (intended reader) and purpose for writing. <br />3.5.5 Write for different purposes and to a specific audience or person.<br />3.5.7 Write responses to literature that: • demonstrate an understanding of what is read. • support statements with evidence from the text. <br />
Standards<br />National Education Technology Standards<br />1. Creativity and Innovation<br />Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:<br /> a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.<br /> b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.<br />2. Communication and Collaboration<br />Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:<br /> a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.<br />6. Technology Operations and Concepts<br />Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students:<br /> a. understand and use technology systems.<br /> b. select and use applications effectively and productively.<br />
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