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How does our clothing change with the weather?
In preparation for this lesson, ask parents to donate used clothing that would be used for weather changes. This could include such items as boots, gloves, hats and scarves, etc. Also locate several copies of various weather conditions and organize these into sets for small group use.
Share a story with students about weather, predicting it, and what one wears to protect themselves from the weather. Have students review the illustrations on each page of the story and discuss people in the pictures, as well as what they are wearing.
Discuss students experiences they have had with changing weather. How does the weather influence their lives? Make connections between the story in Step #1 and the student discussion.
Organize students into small groups with an adults supervising each group. Provide a set of recycled clothing for each group. Also have a set of weather pictures ready for each group.
Ask the adult supervising each group to share the weather pictures with children, one picture at a time. As students observe each picture, have them suggest appropriate articles of clothing to be work to protect themselves from the weather elements.
Once student groups have reviewed each of the weather pictures, have them put on their Crayola® Art Smocks and cover their work space with recycled newspaper.
Ask students to use Crayola Washable Tempera Paints and Brushes to create a specific weather picture. Each student may be painting a different scene, such as a rainy day, a snowstorm, the wind during a hurricane, a sunny day at the park, etc.
Provide time in the school day for students to present their artwork and explain what elements of their scenes make it realistic.
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