The Weather Man is Always Wrong!
Melanie Rosenberg and Heather Lanno
A Third Grade Lesson Plan


You are a weather person that wants to inform the class on the weather around the country. You want to show your class that the weather men are always wrong in their predictions. You and three of your classmates will be reading about the weather in the four different regions of the United States. You will each get to research one state and find out what the weather is like in that state. Then you will get to come together as a group and share your information as a group. As part of your presentation you will create a poster that displays what to wear for tomorrow in each state. You will then get to share your information with the class. Did you know that spring time is different all around the country? Find out by exploring the weather across our country!

The Task:

To Explore Our Country's Different Climates:

  • You will be separated into groups of 4
  • Each group will be given a map of the United States
  • The United States map is going to be broken up into 4 regions: north, south, east, and west
  • One state will be selected to represent each of the 4 regions
  • Every group member will have a different state from a different region
  • When you're done learning about your state, you will share your information with your group
  • You and your group will create a weather cast using the information all of you found about your states
  • Your weather cast should include:
    • Is it going to rain?
    • Is it going to snow?
    • Is it hot or cold?
  • You will present your weather cast to the class with your group

The Process:

1)You will be assigned to a group of 4 students

2)Your group will get a list of 4 states and 4 cities within that state-You will choose from one of the following four sections: East Coast, West Coast, MidEast, and MidWest.

-Once you choose a section of the United States, the states to choose from are the following: East Coast- Florida (FL), West Coast- Washington (WA), MidEast- Tennessee (TN), and MidWest- Colorado (CO)

-Once you pick a state you each will get one city to learn about the weather. The cities are as follows: East Coast (Florida)- Sarasota, West Coast (Washington)- Seattle, MidEast- Nashville, MidWest (Colorado)- Denver

3) Using the given link, you will find out the weather in your city for the next day

4)Where is says "get your local forecast!" type in the zip code of your assigned city.

5) Look at the weather forecast for "tomorrow"Type what the forecast is going to be in a Microsoft word document

6) Print it out to share with the rest of your group

7) When you get back together as a group you will make a poster that shows the weather forecast for the next day

8) Write the forecast across the country in a creative way on a poster board.

Make sure to include:

the temperature

whether its going to rain

if it is going to snow

if it's going to be sunny

if it is going to be hot or cold.

9) Pretend you are a weatherman.

10) Present your poster to the rest of your class. Let them know what they should wear if they were to travel to that part of the country.








After completing this lesson you will be know what the weather is around the country! You will have accomplished your own weather cast and have learned how present a weather forecast to your classmates. Do you think you would ever want to be a weather person? Do you think it is a hard job to have?


Credits & References:


Academic Standards for Geography


Identify geographic tools and their uses.
• Characteristics and purposes
of different geographic
Maps and basic map elements


A. Identify the physical characteristics of
places and regions.
• Physical properties
Landforms (e.g., plains, hills,
plateaus and mountains)
Bodies of water (e.g., rivers,
lakes, seas and oceans)
Weather and climate
Vegetation and animals


Identify the human characteristics of
places and regions by their population
• The number and distribution of
people in the local community
• Human movement in the local
community (e.g., mobility in daily
life, migration)

Academic Standards for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

A. Listen to others.
• Ask questions as an aid to
• Distinguish fact from opinion.


C. Speak using skills appropriate to
formal speech situations.
• Use appropriate volume.
• Pronounce most words
• Pace speech so that is


E. Participate in small and large group
discussions and presentations.
• Participate in everyday
• Present oral readings.
• Deliver short reports (e.g., Show-
and-Tell, field trip summary).
• Conduct short interviews.
• Give simple directions and
• Report an emergency.

Reflection on Standards

The students will master:


  • the different regions of the country


  • standard that discussed identifying characteristics of places and regions
  • weather terminology
  • standard that discusses earth's basic physical elements
  • how to work together as a group
  • how to create a visual aid
  • presenting to a group of children



In order to do this lesson we need a variety of different materials. We would need a number of computers for the children to do the research about the weather on. We are going to need a poster board for the children to do their lesson plan on. We will also need supplies for the children to decorate their posters with. One teacher is enough to do this lesson. There may be some questions from the students but the one teacher can go around the room and answer the questions. It shouldn't be that hard of a project and the children's question should be simple enough that the questions will not be too complicated.


I will know when the lesson is successful just by looking at the children's poster boards. I will be able to see if they understood by the way they present themselves and if they were about to talk about the information like they understood it. I will evaluate them as a group but I will then evaluate them as individuals. I will make sure that their presentation is clear and their classmates can hear them. I will make sure that the children understand the geography of our country and what the different aspects of the weather are. I will base my evaluation on my observation of the children while they are doing the project. Students that did more work and worked well as a group will get a better grade.

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