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Kindergarten

Earth Science

Power Standards
  • Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time. (K-ESS2-1)
  • Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather. (K-ESS3-2)

Critical Content

Concepts and Skills

* Power Standard Content

ESS2.D: Weather and Climate

  • * Weather is the combination of sunlight, wind, snow or rain, and temperature in a particular region at a particular time. People measure these conditions to describe and record the weather and to notice patterns over time. (K-ESS2-1)

ESS3.B: Natural Hazards

  • * Some kinds of severe weather are more likely than others in a given region. Weather scientists forecast severe weather so that the communities can prepare for and respond to these events. (K-ESS3-2)

Critical Language (Science & Engineering Practices)

Language Usage

  • A student in kindergarten can ask questions based on observations to find more information about the world. (K-ESS3-2)
  • A student in kindergarten can read grade-appropriate texts and/or use media to obtain scientific information to describe patterns in the natural world. (K-ESS2-1, K-ESS3-2)

 

Content-Specific Vocabulary

  • Weather
  • Flood
  • Climate
  • Temperature
  • Thermometer
  • Severe weather
  • Thunderstorm
  • Seasonal weather pattern
  • Tornado
  • Blizzard
  • Daily weather pattern

 

Process-Specific Vocabulary

  • Make observations
  • Ask questions
  • Take measurements
  • Collect/record data
  • Describe patterns

 

Concept-Based Connections

Essential Understandings

  • People ask questions about the natural world every day to help understand why things happen around them. (K-ESS3-2)
  • Weather scientists forecast severe weather so that communities can prepare for and respond to these events. (K-ESS3-2)
  • By measuring weather conditions, people observe patterns based on their location and time of year. (K-ESS2-1)

 

Factual Guiding Questions

  • What is the weather like today and how is it different from yesterday? (K-ESS2-1)
  • What are the weather characteristics of winter, spring, summer, and fall in your area? (K-ESS2-1)
  • How do the seasons and weather affect how people live in your area? (K-ESS3-2)
  • How do weather forecasts help people prepare for severe weather? (K-ESS3-2)

 

Conceptual Guiding Questions

  • What weather patterns can you describe over a week? ┬ámonth? ┬áseason? (K-ESS2-1)
  • How is severe weather the same or different in your community (region) to that of a different <insert specified location> (region)? (K-ESS3-2)
  • How do weather patterns help us forecast future weather? (K-ESS3-2)
  • How do weather patterns help us make decisions/choices? (K-ESS2-1 K-ESS3-2)

 

Engaging/Debatable Guiding Questions

  • What problems are associated with weather forecasting?
  • How could weather forecasting be improved?