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Weather Watching    Mystery 3

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In this Mystery students use observations of the four classic seasons to spot patterns and thereby determine the seasons’ order.

What will the weather be like on your birthday?

Beginning Exploration (1 of 2)
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Beginning Activity Prep
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Beginning Activity: Circle of Seasons
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Beginning Exploration (2 of 2)
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NOTE TO TEACHER: If you live somewhere that doesn't have the classic four seasons, we strongly recommend extending this lesson by discussing with your student(s) what seasonal changes you do observe where you live.

For this purpose, we've created a blank "Circle of Seasons" template you can fill out together. (Southern Hemisphere blank template also available.)

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You've completed the Exploration & Activity!

If you have more time, view the assessment, reading and extension activity in the optional extras.

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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.
  • End of Mystery Assessment : sort the seasons in the correct order
  • Activity: With these Vocabulary Cards, students practice reading and writing skills while learning science vocabulary.
  • Activity: If you live somewhere that doesn't have the classic four seasons, we strongly recommend extending the lesson.
  • Read-Aloud: These books will get your students thinking & talking about the seasons.
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Extension

If you live somewhere that doesn't have the classic four seasons, we strongly recommend extending this lesson by discussing with your student(s) what seasonal changes you do observe where you live.

For this purpose, we've created a blank "Circle of Seasons" template you can fill out together. You'll want markers or colored pencils for drawing on the blank template as you lead the discussion.

Southern Hemisphere blank template also available.

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Read-aloud books

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit provides an engaging kindergarten-level introduction to the changing seasons and how animals adapt to them. Consider pairing your reading with a timelapse video of the four seasons. Ask your students what changes they see in the weather and the plants.

Ready for Pumpkins tells of a classroom guinea pig who goes to the country for a summer vacation — and learns that you have to be patient as you wait for pumpkins to grow.

For more read-aloud books about spring, autumn,, or winter, check out these great lists from Teaching with Kids’ Books.

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Exploration
kid running in field by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Zurijeta
kid jumping into pool by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Pavel L Photo and Video
kids playing in pool by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: MJTH
classroom calendar by Joe Robinson
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Activity
horses in the field by Ben Salter , used under CC BY