What's the Weather Like Today?by: Heather Miller, Mandy McCormick Smith, and Kathy Cabe Trundle

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Kindergarten students explore wind through strategies designed to reach students of all abilities.

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  • on Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:26 PM

This article is intentional with ensuring that all learners understand what the weather is like today. I appreciated that the authors went into detail with how to differentiate instruction for exceptional learners who have diverse cognitive and verbal abilities. The article provides a lesson that clearly demonstrates how students with physical, cognitive and sensory impairments will participate by providing them with activities that target various learning modalities- visual, auditory, touch, etc. This lesson allows students to explore something abstract like the wind and make it come to life. It was interesting to see how a science topic can be used across the curriculum including math with charting data, writing by writing about the data, and reading by focusing on literature that discusses the wind. Not only did this article discuss how to implement discussion about the wind on a daily basis, but it also touched upon making this a weekly concept that students examine. Lastly, it was wonderful to see how the authors discussed how to expand on this topic and how to assess student learning. Overall, this is a great resource for teachers.


  • on Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:26 PM

This article was very useful and helpful. As I have been finding ways on how to teach about the sun to kindergartners, this source discussed how to teach weather, specifically wind, to young children. I found the ways in which you can expand upon the lesson to be interesting as well, especially where it states to gather data on what type of clothes children where to school to see how the temperature and precipitation make them feel.

Alexandra Bubar
Alexandra Bubar

  • on Thu Jan 09, 2014 9:31 AM

This article gives excellent ideas on how to teach science to all students, including those with some physical impairment. The article focuses on how to teach about wind but the methods could be used with all science topics. Several resources are also given.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

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