Classroom Weather Check
The Early Childhood years are very critical for laying foundational skills for all children, but this is especially so for children with visual impairments. Most children with visual impairments will need extra support to succeed in school. Hands-on opportunities are important for the student.
By: Carmen Willings
Revised August 8, 2017
Incorporating a weather check into your daily schedule is an excellent way to incorporate this area of the science curriculum into the day and in a way that is concrete for the students. It will also help students know if there will be an indoor or outdoor recess or certain after school activities.
Weather can change dramatically from the time the students arrive at school so you may want to have the "weather check" time right before recess to determine how the weather will affect their day. During this time, students can compare information about the weather by checking outdoors, looking out the window or by looking at the weather forecast in the newspaper or online. Students can use weather maps and weather charts to gain information about the weather. Encourage the students to read a weather map to interpret changing weather conditions. Students can read thermometers and relate the findings to the outdoor weather. Add data to individual or the classroom weather chart comparing weather of the week and/or month.
Concepts & Activities to Incorporate
Tactile Demonstration Thermometer
The Tactile Demonstration Thermometer from APH allows students to independently read, set, and compare temperatures. A two-textured, two-colored adjustable mercury column with an easy-grip tactile indicator. It includes both Fahrenheit and Celsius scales presented in both large print and braille. Tactile degree markings every 5 and 10 degrees.The mercury column slides up and down to demonstrate temperature reading.
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