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We Love Weather!
14 Sep, 2013. 3 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten Science, Preschool Science, Science. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The other day one of my students raised her hand and asked, “Miss Smith, are we going to study weather next week?” 
I said, “No, next week we start our apple unit.”
She said, “Oh, man! I want to learn about weather FOREVER! I love it!!” 
That made me extremely happy. 
I love when my students fall in love with what we are studying and that truly happened these last two weeks. My students devoured all of my storm and weather books and could not stop talking about weather! 
This week we worked super hard. I know because I went home and was ready for bed each and every night at 7pm. I FORCED myself to stay up until 9… but that was a challenge!! LOL!  
So what did we do this week? We finished our cumulus cloud art project and writing activity. 
We painted rain drops, cut out clouds, and created a rain storm of weather words.
We had a blast with our weather themed literacy centers! 
(this student is the reader and the boy is the builder!) 
Putting the “weather cycle” song in order was their favorite!! I loved that when they finished sequencing it, they would sing the song! {so precious!} 
They loved working together to put together the rhyming twisters! {I loved how this challenged even my high students!)
 
My students did a great job at sorting CVC words and then recording them.

 Later in the week we discussed Meteorologists and the tools that they use to study and measure weather. Then we made our very own wind socks. To do this we used giant construction paper and colored in a sequence of a storm. Some of my students sequenced thunderstorms while others sequenced a hurricane or tornadoes! After they finished their drawings, we added streamers to them and then tested them out!

First we tested the wind without moving, {outside} then we experimented with what would happen if we walked with our wind sock, and then what would happen if we ran with our wind socks! To say we LOVED this is an understatement!! 
 After our activity my students discussed what we discovered. One boy said, “Well, we discovered that the wind is coming from the North and if we run with the wind, the wind socks get more wind and will go even higher!” {wow!!} 

 Friday afternoon we culminated our weather unit with our tornado in a jar experiment. My students SQUEALED with delight when they saw the tornado!! It was PRICELESS!!

Then they got to try it!
Stay tuned for some apple freebies coming soon!!! I hope y’all have a fantastic weekend!! 

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  1. That’s it. i am changing my age, moving to Texas, and joining your first grade class. They LOVE you and you can see they love school. :)

  2. Whenever I look on my sidebar and see that you have a new post, I run over here as fast as I can to see what you’ve been up to!! I love, love, love all your fun science ideas for the classroom!!

    Thanks for the constant inspiration!

    xo,
    Susan

  3. What are the cumulus clouds made of?! I love this whole unit, do you have the lessons on TPT? I want to do it all!

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  • That’s it. i am changing my age, moving to Texas, and joining your first grade class. They LOVE you and you can see they love school. :)

  • Whenever I look on my sidebar and see that you have a new post, I run over here as fast as I can to see what you’ve been up to!! I love, love, love all your fun science ideas for the classroom!!

    Thanks for the constant inspiration!

    xo,
    Susan

  • What are the cumulus clouds made of?! I love this whole unit, do you have the lessons on TPT? I want to do it all!

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