Monday, May 20, 2013

Weather Theme Resources for the ELL

Weather Graph: it´s easier to do graphs when you have small groups, but when you have more than 30 children in a class you can still do it but have everything ready. Use the  cutouts or  the weather puppets. Collecting data and organizing it can be done in a variety of ways. Comparing results makes the vocabulary meaningful to the students.

Weather puppets:
Have the students create their weather puppets or have some ready to use. Show each weather puppet and ask:

How´s the weather ? Ss: It´s sunny.
Ask another question: Do you like sunny weather ? Ss: Yes !

Besides having the puppets , wear a Weather Crown.  Make it for you or for the child(ren) out of construction paper. Your students will love the special crown.

 And some paper glasses will be fun,too.
Learning nursery rhymes as children immerses them in the culture of the language, besides it helps with pronunciation, vocabulary and the language rhythm .Send in the rhyme paper home so parents can sing it along.

Craft projects benefit students by applying English to art.

You can use my weather dial or design your own. Have yellow tissue paper for making the little balls for the sun, silver glitter for the snow, cotton balls for the clouds. Have the students identify each weather symbol. Help the students assemble the wheel. After the dial is ready, name a weather word and have the students move then arrow to the symbol and repeat the word. Have them look out and say How´s the weather today ? and point to the arrow towards that symbol.

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I love my pocket chart, it can be used for every class. It not only saves you time as you are not writing on the board and it is very interactive, since any child can place the weather strip on the pocket chart every day. 

And no lesson is complete without a book.

Just three worksheets to add up to the theme.
worksheet 1:   The first page of all my worksheets are flashcards. It´s a simple resource, but we never have enough for each child. That´s why I created this page as a flashcards for all of your visual learners. Children will color them as you guide them or as they wish and make them colorful.  I also include the written word that is traceable.
Use them to present, practice or recycle the weather words. Prepare some games that be carried out in small groups. Then can take them home and play with their parents.
You can place them on cardboard to make sure you can't see through them.
And for your kinesthetic students use TPR activities: Stick the flashcards around the room and say a word and have the students point to it. Students can act as teachers and give the instructions . 
worksheet 2: Children need to talk about numbers at the very beginning. Let them experiment with basic math concepts and the language of math.

I drew a raindrop onto paper and then traced it onto fun foam to create a raindrop to glue onto a yogurt bottle cap. That way I created a stamp to color the umbrella.
Then, I had the students cut the raindrop numbers and the umbrella. I had then glue all the pieces onto colored paper and place the raindrops in a number sequence. Students can also place them on the umbrella or on the ground. The possibilities are many.

worksheet 3: Enhancing children understanding of the weather is teaching beginning science concepts. I placed children in 4 different weather scene  to be matched to the correct weather item.

worksheet activity 1Have children match the weather from each flashcard from worksheet 1 to the children in each weather scene in worksheet 3. They can glue together each set onto different color cardboard.

worksheet activity 2. Since the flashcards are big and the weather cards for the worksheet 3 are small you can do a sorting activity  into big and small.

All weather activities here:

4 comentarios:

  1. Wow, what a fun and exciting way to learn! At my age, I find it to be motivating. It’s like playing and at the same time learning. Plus, it’s much easier for the kids to identify the lesson. I really like the approach and method of teaching. Kudos to you!

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  2. Amazing!!! Thanks for sharing!! , only a suggestion the first drop is the one at the bottom not the one at the top