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Weather Or Not, Here I Come
This lesson is designed for 3rd grade students. It utilizes the school's OPAC, its print resources, and a high school science teacher, as a guest speaker. It is designed to inform and educate students on the topic of weather. The LMS' role will be to improve information seeking skills, as well as information literacy skills, and provide specific instruction for finding weather related materials in the library. This lesson will include two weather related stories that will introduce the student to weather related concepts. The high school science teacher will help enhance the topic by providing safe and fun examples of key weather concepts. He or she will also go into detail about the technology, and people who help to predict weather patterns. NOTE: This is a series of lessons occurring over a four-week period.
Goals & Objectives:
Enhance scientific knowledge of the weather and how it works. Further a student's interest in science. Support information literacy. Increase students understanding of how the library's OPAC system.
Materials & Sources:

1.Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett (Author), Ron Barrett (Illustrator) Publisher: Aladdin Library; (April 1, 1982)


If food dropped like rain from the sky, wouldn't it be marvelous! Or would it? It could, after all, be messy. And you'd have no choice. What if you didn't like what fell? Or what if too much came? Have you ever thought of what it might be like to be squashed flat by a pancake?


2. What Will the Weather Be? by Lynda DeWitt (Author), Carolyn Croll (Illustrator) Publisher: Scott Foresman (Pearson K-12); Reprint edition (April 1993)

  • Concepts such as cold and warm fronts are clearly explained and effectively illustrated
  • Good introductory material to what can be a complex topic

Week 1:


Begin by reading the book "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs". This is a fun and funny story that easily grabs students and piques their curiosity. After reading the story ask students to respond to it using probing questions, so that they can utilize their recall skills. After the question and answer period, read another book that talks about the different aspects of weather and how it works. Follow the second story with questions, but this time ask students to compare the two stories and look for similarities between real weather, and the first book.


Week 2:

Provide students with a demonstration of how to search the OPAC by subject only. After the presentation have them come up in groups of two or three and try a basic search.


Week 3:

During the third week the students will be introduced to our guest speaker (a high school science teacher). He will talk and demonstrate some weather related concepts for the kids. After the speaker is finished, students will have a question and answer period with the teacher. Once the question and answer period has ended, students will be given a handout reminding them of how to search for a book under subject. The students will then be allowed to search the OPAC for a non-fiction book on the weather. The LMS and the teacher will be on hand to make sure that the students search will be profitable. Students will use this book for their brief oral report on week four.


Week 4:

Week four will consist of brief oral presentations by students, to their classmates, teacher, and LMS in the library.

The teacher will be responsible for grading the content, and participation of each student. The LMS can evaluate student progress through direct observation, as well as one on one interaction.
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