1. Topic-
Climate in Pennsylvania
2. Content-
Climate, four seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter)
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. Make students aware of the climate they are living in and how it effects them everyday.
2. Describe major characteristics of the climates and seasons in PA.
4. Objectives-
Students will be able to creatively describe how the climate they live in shapes their lives, though a poster.
5. Materials and Aids-
Globe, map of PA, articles of clothing for different seasons, miscellaneous items such as football, sunscreen, and an umbrella, four large cardboard boxes marked with each season, roll of wrapping paper, poster board cut into halves, markers & crayons.
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. Place all the clothing and miscellaneous objects on a table in the front of the classroom.
2. Place the cardboard boxes in different corners of the classroom.
3. Start the lesson by pointing out the items on the table and the boxes in the corner

B. Development-

1. Pick an article of clothing or item up and place it into the box that has the season that that the object would be used in.
2. Invite one student up at a time do the same thing. Guide the students through the activity until all the items are in the boxes.
3. Bring all the boxes to the front of the room and ask why they put each item into the certain boxes. For example, why was the sunscreen put in the summer box?

C. Practice-

1. Remove all the boxes from the table except the winter box and lay the wrapping paper on top.
2. Tell the students that my brother lives in Florida and it's almost his birthday, should I send him the box of winter items?
3. Listen and acknowledge all of the answers.
4. Explain that although there are a few places that have weather similar to PA, many places of the world have weather different from ours.

D. Independent Practice-

1. Explain that we are going to discuss the climate here in PA and how it effects us.
2. Pull out the globe and ask the students to point out North America and PA.
3. Take out the Map of PA and see if the students can point out where we are (Scranton).
4. Remind them that the weather is different in different parts of the country/world. Ask them if they can think of areas that have different weather than us, such as Florida and Antarctica, and ask them to point out those areas on the globe.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1. Students will be given more time to find the areas on the map and globe.
2. They will be given more help when placing the items in the correct box
3. They will only have to provide 1-2 examples for each season on their poster.

F. Checking for understanding-

1. Break the class up into four groups and assign them each a different season.
2. Ask them to write down as many things as they can think of that would describe that season in PA.
3. Look for them to include weather, temperature, and seasonal activities.
4. Divide the board into four sections and ask the students to read off what they put for each season, then write this information in the appropriate section.
5. Distribute the poster board and art supplies to each student. Tell them they are going to make A Year In Pennsylvania Poster. They will divide the poster into four sections and they will write words, sentences, and draw pictures that describe each season.

G. Closure-

When they are done they will bring the poster over and we will hang it on the wall.
7. Evaluation-
1. Their understandings of PA weather and how it affects them everyday will be shown through the poster they made individually.
2. They will also be evaluated on their participation in the classroom discussion.
3. The students should show progress by providing at least three examples for each season.

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