Our amazing 1st grade team and students have been working on their Wizard of Oz unit. I love this unit because they weave in so many content standards with Wizard of Oz as their guiding text. A part of this unit is the weather standards from science. Students have to know various kinds of weather as well as how to dress in that weather. Since this is a part of what meteorologists do, we decided to try something new this year by looking closely at the role of meteorologists. The goal was for students to write a weather report for the Wizard of Oz regarding the cyclone and to record the forecast in front of our green screen.
Students came to the library and we looked at a few videos of meteorologists reporting on severe weather. As we watched, students noticed things about the posture and speech of the meteorologist. They also pointed out many of the weather words he/she used.
As weather words were noticed, we added them to a shared Google doc.
This doc was shared with all classroom teachers to continue to add to and use in class. We also looked at another student-made video and noticed how the student introduced himself in his weather forecast and pretended to be outside in the story.
In the library, we also spent some time beginning the writing process of creating a weather report. Students continued working on this in class during writer’s workshop. The list of weather words continued to be used and added to. They also did a bit of rehearsing.
Finally, students returned to he library and one by one recorded themselves in front of the green screen with a tornado or other weather behind them. As students were recording, the rest of the class practiced, looked at weather books, and searched for the current weather in our area using apps on the iPad.
They loved seeing the weather magically appear on our iPad using the DoInk app on the iPad. We took all of the videos from the iPad and uploaded them to class playlists to share back with the class.
You can enjoy the variety of videos in each of these lists.
One of my favorite parts of this short project was how it tied to a real career and gave students experience with a real-world job related to the standards they were studying in science. They were each able to be a bit creative in their forecasting, and each student had a chance to use a cool technology to make their voice heard at such an early age.