It's Winter!

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SWBAT listen for information from a winter video, an expository text Let’s Investigate! and discuss what they learned in a collaborative conversation. Students will help record information on a process grid and in a note taking booklet.

Big Idea

Weather can be predictable within each season.

Prepare the Learner

15 minutes

Yesterday we learned about Fall. We review the process grid together.  The students practice reading off the grid with statements like: In fall the weather is cool outside. This gives them meaningful practice with the language of the season.


I say: Today video will talk about the next season. Use your eyes and ears to learn about the next season. What do you think it will be? (winter) Does anyone know anything about winter?  (accept student answers)


Say: Today we are going to listen for information about winter.  After we watch the video, we are going to write some notes on our chart.  This is a special chart that is called a Process Grid.  Everybody say ‘process grid.’ (students chant ‘process grid’) The season names are here on the left (read seasons).   The qualities/characteristics of each season that we are listening for are across the top (read characteristics).  I want you to pay attention to these characteristics of each season when we are watching the video.


After students watch the winter video, I have them share their findings with partners.  Say: How might we tell our partner what we saw?  (accept suggestions)  We could say “I saw…” “ I heard….” “In winter..."  etc.   I pair students up and allow them to have collaborative conversations about what they saw and heard.  As they are talking, I am monitoring and assisting by modeling talk moves like “I agree with that because…” or I heard that and I also heard…” so that kids see and hear how we converse and a deeper, more meaningful level. For the pairs who are struggling, I am modeling the basic linguistic patterns that give information like “ I heard…” or “ I saw…”


I let them talk for 2-3 minutes and I get to as many pairs as I can.  After that, I have them share out what they discussed and I record their statements on our process grid.


Here's what my class came up with for winter!



I Ask: What new information did you see or hear that could we add to our Process Grid?  Students share with partners and share out while teacher adds their findings to the process grid.


Interact with text/concept

45 minutes

Big Book/PowerPoint: Investigating the Seasons


Reading the text - gathering details about the seasons


Read slides 10-11 slowly as students listen for winter details.                                                                                  

Student Book- Students listen for details as the teacher reads. They add the details into their book (smoke from fire, hot cocoa, snowflakes).  

If I see that students are struggling to extract the details, I prompt: I am going to reread each sentence and stop.  I want you to listen to just this one sentence and tell me what Winter detail it tells you.  I read one sentence at a time and stop after each one.  As students are drawing the detail from that sentence, I am moving around the room monitoring and assisting where necessary.

When we are finished going through the slides, I put my Note Taking Book on the document camera and ask: Who can tell me something they added to make their picture look like a Winter picture?  What EVIDENCE from the text did you use in your picture? (I take student suggestions and add them to my page) As I am drawing, students are checking their pictures to make sure they have all of the Winter details from the text in their picture.


Students write either “Winter” or “It is winter.” on the lines provided.


I ask: What details should we add to the girl – what’s missing? (hot cocoa)  Why should we add this/these things?

Extend Understanding

20 minutes

The Seasons Song


This is the ninth lesson in the unit.  We sing The Seasons Song many times throughout the unit to remind the kids of what each season brings.  It is a fun quick warm up to any lesson on seasons and can also help kids remember the order of the seasons.

I almost always (sometimes there just isn't an action) give the students some TPR (Total Physical Response) to help them remember the song and the seasons.  It is a common strategy used with second language learners, but it can be used with any student!


I  introduce “The Seasons Song” to the familiar tune of “Row Row Row Your Boat.”  I add motions to each verse to help students recall words. 


For the first verse we pretend to hold an umbrella and wrap ourselves with a sweater. 

For the second verse we pretend to put on a bathing suit.  

For the third verse we pretend to put on a jacket and rake leaves. 

For the last verse we pretend to put on gloves and a hat.



Meteorologist Logbook

Because this is a unit on Seasons and weather, we will act as meteorologists throughout the unit, observing and recording the daily weather. We want the kids to make personal connections to their learning so they see it as meaningful learning, and this logbook does just that!

I ask:  What is the date today?  We write the date.

I ask: What is the weather like outside today?  We draw the weather, circle the word that names the weather.

I ask:  What sentence could we write to go with our weather picture?  What words can we use to describe or tell about our picture?  We write a simple sentence describing their daily observation (It is sunny.  We see rain.).   

I ask: How many boxes should we color in for our weather today? (one) Do we color from the bottom up or the top down? (bottom up)  Students will then record the daily weather on a bar graph in their log.