The lesson explores the differences between various types of precipitation. The lesson begins by defining precipitation and various related vocabulary like condensation and humidity. Then the lesson defines and describes rain, snow, hail, freezing rain and sleet. Several video resources are included which can be particularly useful in areas where snow is not common. The lesson can be used in conjunction with other lessons related to weather or the water cycle.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction:
- Display a list of the types of precipitation: rain, snow, sleet, hail, freezing rain. Ask students if they know the difference between each, and why they are different.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Further ask what is the same between each type of precipitation.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Precipitation to the students.
- Distribute Precipitation content pages. Read and review the information with the students. When discussing condensation, if possible, demonstrate the condensation on a cold glass of water or other drink filled with ice. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
- Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Distribute supplies. As students work, remind them to label each type of precipitation. Allow students time to complete their drawings.
- Once completed, pair students for sharing and explaining the images and the different types of precipitation to each other.
- Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses. Advantages and disadvantages may be personal choices, such as a rainy day is good for sleeping in, or playing in puddles, etc.
- In closing, ask students: List the five main types of precipitation in order from your favorite to your least favorite. Tell your reasons for listing them in that order.
- Allow for responses and discussion. Encourage students to be specific with their reasoning. Further ask students to share a memorable time when it was raining, snowing, etc. Why was it so memorable to them?
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.1, 3, 4, 6, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.1, 3, 4, 9, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1, 3, 4, 9
Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions
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