Lesson: What's the Weather Where You Are?

Subject: Language

Grade Level: Pre-School

Activity: Time: 5 - 10 minutes

Concept Taught: Create a weather map while traveling across the country on the train. Teach the names of the states, letter recognition and the vocabulary of weather terms.

Material: Slips of paper folded so that they can hold the picture vocabulary. Small pictures of weather conditions, "ticket punch" (hole punch, scissors), a marker for ticket inspector, a large map of the United States (no topography preferred) divided into states with names, a recording of train sounds.

Process: Students receive tickets to board the train. A ticket consist of picture in a folded slip of paper. The train is chairs lined up in pairs. The conductor (teacher) announces "All aboard!". If the a recording of train whistle and locomotion is available use it now or voice the sound of a train leaving the station. Stop recording after a short time and announce arrival at the station in New York. The ticket inspector goes to one child , saying with theatrical gusto, 'May I see your ticket please?, the child gives me the ticket saying, 'Here you are' and then 'checks' his/her ticket, ie. the teacher ask them to repeat the name of the picture and then write the first letter(s) sound on the back of the ticket envelope, use your "ticket punch" and hand it back saying, 'Thank you'. The inspector then places the picture on the map using a push pin (keep the pictures so it can be reused later). Announce departure, "Now leaving New York, all aboard"!start train recording and repeat the process across the map stopping randomly in different states. By the end of the train ride the weather map will reflect the conditions across the country.

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