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    I teach weather too
    By MaryMac

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    Weather was added to our 5th grade curriculum 3 years ago. Personally, I love weather and I couldn't understand why my kids found it to be very boring. Last year I tried somthing that really sparked their interest, at last! I made up weather prediction booklets for each student and I pulled up the weather channel on our classroom tv every day. The kids recorded each day's weather, including temp, precipitation, humidity, air pressure, wind speed and direction. (I think that is everything) Then we would go outside, everyday, to look at the clouds, this usually led to some conversation because there are often several types of clouds in the sky each day and they would record the cloud type. Then the kids recorded a prediction for the next day's weather. They would also draw a picture of the day's weather and write a summary about the weather. The kids loved it and really looked forward to doing this every day. I also heard from several parents about how their kids were so proud of their weather predicting abilities!

    P.S. I got this idea and the booklet from a third grade teacher!

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