I wasn't thrilled with my book options for this unit, so I was a little worried the concept of the changing seasons in relation to the Earth's tilt and its orbit around the sun might come across as a wee bit abstract. Luckily, Bill Nye was able to pick up the slack. Tessa seemed to get it just fine.
- Read Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn M. Branley.
- Completed The Mailbox Investigating Weather, Grades 1-3 "The Seasons: Shining Seasons" (page 34). (I only had one inflatable globe, so I just moved it from one season to the next. I made sure the North Pole always pointed in the correct direction.)
- Watched Bill Nye the Science Guy: Earth's Seasons DVD by Disney.
- Read Changing Seasons by Bobbie Kalman.
- Completed The Mailbox Investigating Weather, Grades 1-3 "The Seasons: Global Opposites" (page 35).
- Completed The Mailbox Investigating Weather, Grades 1-3 "The Seasons: Get Clear on the Hemispheres" worksheet (page 39).
- Read Four Seasons Make a Year by Anne Rockwell.
- Read Skip Through the Seasons by Stella Blackstone.
- Tessa sorted the months by season with free printables from Teachers Pay Teachers. We used "Vocabulary Sort - Seasons!" by Marjorie Sheridan for the season titles and "Months of the Year Title Cards" by Dawn Melvin for the month titles.
- Completed The Mailbox Investigating Weather, Grades 1-3 "The Seasons: Creative Calendars" (page 35). (I changed my printer settings to print "2014 Black and White Chevron Monthly Calendars" by Tiffany Ford two to a page so the calendars would be smaller and easier for Tessa to work with.)
- Completed The Mailbox Investigating Weather, Grades 1-3 "The Seasons: The Fun Four" worksheet (page 38). (We were running short on time, so we completed this orally.)
- Completed The Mailbox Investigating Weather, Grades 1-3 "The Seasons: Seasonal Squares" game (pages 40-41).
|Tessa sorted the months by season. This proved a little changing until I encouraged her to think about the month each season starts. From there, we deduced that each season is made up of three months.|
|Tessa's completed "Creative Calendars." She grouped the months by season, labeled and illustrated the cover of each booklet and then drew icons for various holidays.|
|Tessa always enjoys playing the mini games that are sprinkled into our curriculum. I try to squeeze them in where I can.|
Other Books of Interest
- The Reasons for Seasons - Gail Gibbons (Would have liked to have read this one, but couldn't locate it at a library or find it free to read online.)