My Favorite Weather
- Students will be able to determine which groups have more or less.
- Take students outside to notice the weather. Engage them in using their senses to notice and describe the weather. For example, they could use words such as sunny, rainy, or cloudy.
- Ask questions about how the weather looks, feels, and sounds.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Read aloud Maisy's Wonderful Weather by Lucy Cousins to the class.
- Ask students to share about the different weather they notice in the book.
- Have students make connections between the weather they noticed outside and the weather in the book.
- Tell students that you will be talking about their favorite weather. Draw a picture of a sun on one side of the board and a cloud on the other side of the board. Draw two kids under the sun and one kid under the cloud. Ask students if more of the kids liked sunny weather or cloudy weather best. Erase the kids and draw a different amount of kids under each type of weather, asking students the same question.
Guided Practice(10 minutes)
- Tell students that people who like sunny weather best should go on the left side of the classroom and people who like cloudy weather best should go to the right side of the classroom. Give students time to place themselves in the correct area of the classroom.
- Have students count how many people like sunny and cloudy weather, comparing which was more popular by deciding which group had more and which group had less.
- Repeat this activity with different weather choices.
- Tell students that they will be drawing a picture of their favorite weather. Model how to draw your favorite kind of weather on paper.
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Hand out pieces of paper to each student. Have them draw their favorite types of weather.
- Dictate students' thoughts by having them fill in the blanks of this sentence frame: "I like ____ weather because ____."
Enrichment: Have students try to write words in the sentence frame above.
Support: Give students ideas for certain things to draw related to their favorite type of weather (e.g. a sun or clouds).
- Assess how students are comparing groups.
- Note the details students are usng when representing their favorite kinds of weather.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Have students share their pictures and sentences with the class. Compare the number of students who chose different types of weather.