We kicked off our weather unit with a lesson on the layers of the atmosphere. Not technically a fourth grade standard in weather I still introduced it because the atmosphere comes up in our Astronomy unit. On the left hand side was a cloze note sheet that went along with a PowerPoint I made about the different layers. Students had to fill in as I went through the presentation. Students then watched a BrainPop on the subject. On the right hand side I had made a flip book for students to make and illustrate about the layers.
We discussed weather tools and their uses. On the left hand side there was a fact sheet about the basic tools that we read. I had a flipchart to go with it with plenty of pictures. I had samples in the class to pass around. On the right hand side students filled out an accordion foldable where they had to list the tool, give its use, and draw a picture (to make the accordion foldable click on the "video" label on the right hand side menu. I did not have students make since it is a little complicated but I was able to make 70 or so in front of the tv over a couple of days. One teacher got a parent to make them at another school).
We made anemometers and wind vanes in class. We went outside and used them (with the wind vanes they got to use some compasses as well). Students got to take them home. Students worked on finishing up their weather tool accordion foldable.
Students took a weather tool quiz, made rain gauges and then watched a "Nature's Fury" video. Student who were not done with their foldable had to finish it during the video.
PICTURES - Accordion Foldable, Anemometers, Wind Vanes, Rain Gauges