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What to Wear?

How does our clothing change with the weather?

  • Directions

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. Provide time in the school day for students to present their artwork and explain what elements of their scenes make it realistic.
  • Standards

    LA: Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grade level text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade level reading and content.

    SCI: Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.

    VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.

    VA: Students will demonstrate that art communicates meaning through sharing their work and the work of others.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: What Will the Weather Be? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) by Lynda DeWitt; Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today?: All About Weather by Tish Rabe; Weather Forecasting by Gail Gibbons.


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  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
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