An Earth and Space Science Unit for High-Ability Learners in Grade 2
Weather Reporter, a second-grade Earth and space science unit, provides students with opportunities in a scenario-based approach to observe, measure, and analyze weather phenomena. The overarching concept of change reinforces students' decisions as they learn about the changes in the Earth's weather and observe, measure, and forecast the weather.
Weather Reporter was developed by the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary to offer advanced curriculum supported by years of research. The Center's materials have received national recognition from the United States Department of Education and the National Association for Gifted Children, and they are widely used both nationally and internationally.
Each of the books in this series offers curriculum that focuses on advanced content and higher level processes. The science units contain simulations of real-world problems, and students experience the work of real science by using data-handling skills, analyzing information, and evaluating results. The mathematics units provide sophisticated ideas and concepts, challenging extensions, higher order thinking skills, and opportunities for student exploration based on interest. These materials are a must for any teacher seeking to challenge and engage learners and increase achievement.
Table of Contents
Part I: Unit Overview Introduction to the Clarion Units Teacher’s Guide to Content Unit Glossary Teaching Resources Part II: Lesson Plans Lesson Plans Overview of Lessons Preteaching Lesson: Science Safety Preassessment Lesson 1: What Is a Scientist? Lesson 2: Become a Meteorologist! Lesson 3: What’s the Weather? Lesson 4: Weather—It’s All About Change! Lesson 5: What Scientists Do—Observe, Question, Learn More Lesson 6: What Scientists Do—Experiment, Create Meaning, Tell Others Lesson 7: Weather Mania Lesson 8: Measuring Weather: Temperature and Precipitation Lesson 9: Clouds Lesson 10: Measuring the Weather: Air Pressure, Part I Lesson 11: Measuring the Weather: Air Pressure, Part II Lesson 12: Measuring the Weather: Wind Lesson 13: Preparing the Weather Report Lesson 14: Extreme Weather: Droughts! Lesson 15: Extreme Weather: Tornadoes! Lesson 16: So You Think You Can Forecast? Lesson 17: Wrap It Up! Postassessment Directions for the Teacher Appendix A: Concept Paper on Change Appendix B: Teaching Models Appendix C: Materials List References Generation Science Standards Alignment
The Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary, a research and development center, was established in 1988 under the direction of Dr. Joyce VanTassel-Baska. The center provides services to educators, policy makers, graduate students, researchers, parents, and students in support of the needs of gifted and talented individuals. Located in Williamsburg, VA, the center has established a national reputation for excellence in research, curriculum development, and service. Several major grants, including funding from the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Act, have provided significant support for the work of the Center.
Weather is something we face every day, and its elements astound young learners . . . Focusing on how weather is reported and how the meteorologists on TV and other weather reporters present their results, there is no shortage of fun activities to encourage learning in those gifted second graders. “Weather Reporter” is a top pick for science and education collections focusing on gifted and talented students.,Midwest Book Review, 1/1/10