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Introduce students to weather. This unit contains hands-on activities, which allow students to discover weather in a fun way. For grades 3-5, the focus of this earth science unit is to develop skills in weather reporting on video, researching, graphing weather data, reading weather maps, computer searching, and conducting experiments with an emphasis on the scientific method. The activities are designed to encourage oral interaction, creativity and co-operative learning. The following concepts will be developed throughout the use of this unit: many of life's activities are affected by the weather; specific conditions usually precede certain weather changes; seasons have distinct weather conditions and they change continually; weather is responsible for cyclical patterns found in the natural world; and the students should become familiar with the scientific method.
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