As a culmination for our weather inquiry, my students applied all that they had learned and became meteorologists! They LOVED this so much. (If you want to read the beginning of our inquiry you can click here to go to the first part in the series!)
To start, we listed all of the different types of weather that we had studied and watched this video to teach us a bit about what goes on behind the scenes at a news station.
This REALLY got my students excited about what we were about to do!
My students then chose the type of weather that they wanted to write a report for. They discussed with their friends why they chose that type of weather and what they knew about it. Then, my students went to get to work on painting the background for their video.
To do this, first they drew their picture in crayon.
Then, they watercolored over it to create a beautiful background. (We talked about how we wanted to use the entire page so that it really would look like we were standing outside presenting our weather report.)
Then we discussed what we would want to hear in a weather report. I set up a report station and during our guided reading rotations my students got to work writing their weather reports. I included a checklist for them on the front cover of their packet and each page had a title for them so that they would remember what to write about. (This template is available here.) At the table I placed our weather word cards and our writing helper for the unit. I also showcased one of our cloud projects so that students could say the type of cloud that would be evident in the sky for their weather.
My students worked really hard to write their reports.
At my table, we edited their reports and practiced how we would present them using our green screen. That night students collected items that they wanted to wear for their weather report (that showcased their weather) and I emailed parents to remind them to have students bring them in for our presentations! Everyone was excited about this project!
The next day, my students were SO excited to come to school dressed in their weather report clothing and to see our green screen hanging!
We got into partners and practiced our parts one more time so that we were ready to record our weather reports! One friend held up the report and the meteorologist practiced their presentation.
Then it was show time! I filmed students using the app Do Ink. This video was SO helpful when I was learning how to use it!
Our weather reports were a HUGE hit! I’m sorry I can’t share them because the students used their names in them but I promise you they loved writing, presenting, and watching them!