Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sping is about to Sprung!

Believe it or not, spring is almost here! It is obvious from the increase in birds chirping, the sightings of insects, and a few buds are already appearing on the trees. I know that we have had a lot of snow this past winter, and it probably isn't over yet, but it will soon enough be spring and there are signs around us telling us not to give up hope! Warm weather is on its way!

The weather led me to thinking about how I could incorporate this natural, every day, surrounding occurance in my classroom. I could ask students to become their own metorologists, and observe, record, and research the weather and their predictions for the weather each day. Students could research how weather is around the world, and why there are different weather patterns around the world- what causes the weather to change and what influences it. Students could incorporate technology in doing their research, as well. Therefore, they would be doing their own independent, active research and connecting these real-life occurances to reasons why the weather is different in areas around the world and why it changes. Designing science stations about the weather would also be a great idea to help students apply and further expand what they are learning through inquiry, about the weather.

The weather channel is a great source of information for this kind of research.

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