Grade Level: Kindergarten
Students in kindergarten develop the understandings of basic needs, weather patterns and severe weather. Through identification of patterns, determination of cause and effect, investigation of structure and function, as well as systems and system models students begin to make sense of the natural world. Developmentally appropriate use of science and engineering practices prepares students for more complex phenomenon. December through February comprise the winter season in the Northern hemisphere. Changes in temperatures, forms of precipitation, types of storms, and preparedness plans occur during winter. Average daily temperatures in the Chicago area range from a high of 36°F to 18°F as a low, while precipitation (rain or the equivalent of snow/ice) ranges from 1.93 inches to 2.56 inches. These are average conditions for the winter season but there are many winter hazards that cause big impacts. Students can play a big role in preparing for winter events.
K-ESS2-1 Earth's Systems
Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.
K-ESS3-2 Earth and Human Activity
Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather.
Martinez, Elizabeth and Young, Patrick, "Earth and Space Science - WHAT'S THE WEATHER?: Patterns" (2020). Model NGSS Lessons: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade. 6.
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