This lesson idea came from the two of us thinking about what we could do a lesson plan on. We sat and thought about it and we came up with the idea of weather since it affects us every day. We thought this would be an interesting topic to do a lesson on because children really aren't aware of how much weather really effects them and how different the weather is around the country.
The lesson is about the weather around the country. The children will be researching what the weather is like in the country that they live in. They will be in a group of four and they will each research the weather in a different city around the country. They will each come up with a weather report and then they will come together as a group and make a poster that reports on the weather around the country. Then will then report their findings to the rest of the class. The intelligences that will be addressed during this project are linguistic, spatial, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalist intelligences. Linguistic intelligence is used during the research part of this project. The students will be looking at different websites to understand their location's climate and weather. Spatial intelligence is used when the students are looking at the map of the United States and deciphering between the east coast, west coast, mid-east, and mid-west regions. Interpersonal intelligence will be used when the groups pull together to form their weather cast. They will need to work together to collaborate and create their weather casts that represent the four regions of the United States. Intrapersonal intelligence is used after they present their weather cast to the class. They can reflect on their performance of their weather cast presentation and self critque. Lastly, naturalist intelligence is used as the students learn about their environment and the surrounding areas. The cognitive analysis levels that will be addressed during this project are analyze, explain, focus, prioritize, and select. These levels will be addressed while finding the most useful information during research. The cognitive synthesis levels that will be addressed during this project are generalize, plan, collaborate, compile, design, and structure. These levels will be used while the students are working in their groups to compose their weather casts.