Reflection: Coherence Now That's Extreme! - Section 2: Explore/Explain


The school I teach at is located in the Sonoran desert. From June through August we experience monsoon season. The storms come in fast and strong with heavy winds, dust storms with near zero visibility and sometimes rain. They can last from minutes to hours. My students are very familiar with this form of extreme weather, but need to know that there are other types of extreme weather that impact living things as much as a monsoon does.

I have a few developmentally delayed students, a couple of mono-lingual Spanish students, and some severe speech students. Because of this, I chose to provide my students with a video experience of extreme weather. We stopped during each type of extreme weather to talk about what we see. I did this with them because visual literacy is often overlooked and young children can misinterpret what they see very easily. They often attach what they see to something they've experienced even though the two events may not even relate. 

Using video is very successful as long as the teacher leads the kids in discussions that clarify what the kids are hearing and seeing. In this case, the kids learned about several types of extreme weather, but understood that only the monsoons directly effect us where we live. They are also better prepared in what to do should they ever travel outside of our area and visit a location where other extreme types of weather occur.

  Visual literacy
  Coherence: Visual literacy
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Now That's Extreme!

Unit 8: Wondering about weather??
Lesson 6 of 7

Objective: SWBAT identify the extreme weather conditions of: tsunami, hurricane, tornado and Arizona monsoons.

Big Idea: Some kids like those in Phoenix experience an occasional monsoon. This lesson exposes them to extreme weather conditions from all over the globe.

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Science, Science Skills, wind, rain, weather
  45 minutes
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