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Weather Watching    Read-Along Mystery 4

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In this Read-Along Mystery, Kevin becomes a weather detective to figure out why he keeps losing his clothes.

How do you know what to wear for the weather?

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Hi! My name is Kevin. I just started science camp.

I knew I’d get to catch bugs and learn about the moon. But I didn’t know I’d get to be a weather detective, too!

Here’s what happened…

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I got up early the first morning.

The sun was just up.

When I went outside, it was cold!

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I ran back into the house to put on my sweater.

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That felt a lot better.

Then Mom drove me to camp.

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We had a blast!

We caught bugs and saw an astronaut video.

Then we went out to play.

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It got hot at lunchtime, so we went inside for Show-and-Tell.

Annie brought Wilbur, her pet frog.

I’d like to have a pet frog.

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At the end of the day, Dad picked me up from camp.

Mom was making dinner, so I went out to play.

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The sun was starting to go down.

It was getting dark and cold out!

I needed my sweater, but couldn’t find it anywhere.

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I looked in the laundry.

I looked in my drawer.

I even looked under my bed.

Where did it go?

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stop & talk

Stop & Talk

This is how Kevin looked when he left for camp in the morning, and when he got home in the evening.
Why do you think he took off his sweater during the day?

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I never found my sweater, so I put on my jacket.

It kept me warm until dinnertime.

Then it was time for bed.

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The next morning, it was cold again!

I put on my jacket, jumped in the car, and Mom drove me to camp.

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It was amazing.

We looked at a butterfly wing under a magnifying glass.

Then we saw a video about whales.

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After that, we had story time out on the grass.

But then it got hot, so we went in to eat lunch.

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That afternoon, Dad picked me up and we headed home.

We ate dinner, and I went out to play.

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The sun was starting to go down.

It was getting dark and cold out!

I needed my sweater, but couldn’t find it anywhere.

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I was cold, but what could I wear?

I never found my sweater. Now I can’t find my jacket, either!

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Stop & Talk

This is how Kevin looked when he left for camp in the morning, and when he got home in the evening.
Why do you think he took off his jacket during the day?

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get up & move

Get Up & Move

Get up and look outside.
What’s the weather like?
Is it the same as it was when you came to school this morning?

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I was cold, but I couldn’t find my sweater or my jacket.

Then I thought about my new sweatshirt. It would keep me warm!

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I started to pull on my sweatshirt, but Mom stopped me at the door.

“Where are your sweater and jacket?” she asked.

“I don’t know,” I said. “I can’t find them anywhere.”

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I thought Mom would be mad, but she wasn’t.

She laughed and told me to think where they might be.

So that’s what I did.

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Stop & Talk

How good a weather detective are you?
Do you know where Kevin’s sweater and jacket are?

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I thought about my first day at camp.

“It was cold,” I said, “then it got hot, and then cold again.”

“And the next day?” Mom asked.

“The same thing!” I replied.

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Here’s what I figured out: It’s cold in the morning before the sun warms things up.

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It gets hot at noon, when the sun is shining.

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Then it gets cold again when the sun goes down.

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I found my sweater and jacket right where I’d left them—back at camp.

Now I know when it will be hot and when it will be cold.

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And I hardly ever lose my clothes any more.

THE END

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Beginning Recommended Activity: Wind & Weather

Recommended Activity: Wind & Weather

Paying attention to the wind is one way to notice how weather changes over time.

1) Read the poem “Who Has Seen the Wind?” to your class.

2) Ask them: “Can you see the wind? Look out the window and tell me if it’s windy.”

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Activity Prep

For this Read-Along Mystery and recommended activity, you don’t need any materials.

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3) Ask students how they know it’s windy. If they don’t know, suggest that they look for:

  • A flapping flag,
  • Fluttering leaves,
  • Dead leaves or dust blowing across the ground.

4) Ask students to stand up and pretend to be:

  • a tree on a calm day,
  • a tree when the wind is blowing gently,
  • a tree when the wind is blowing really hard.

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5) Here are some wind speed indicators that a British Navy officer named Francis Beaufort came up with 200 years ago.

Here’s what you see Here’s what a sailor would call it Wind speed
No movement of leaves or dust Calm Less than 1 mph
Smoke and dust move in wind Light air 1 to 3 mph
Leaves rustling Light breeze 4 to 6 mph
Small twigs moving Gentle breeze 7 to 10 mph
Small branches move Moderate breeze 11 to 16 mph

6) Have your class pay attention to how the wind changes. How hard is the wind blowing today? Was it the same yesterday?

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7) Visit Weather Wiz Kids and scroll down for more wind indicators in the wind scale created by Francis Beaufort.

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Beginning Complete!

You've completed the Read-Along & Recommended Activity!

If you have more time, view the optional extras.

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Optional Extra

Below is an idea for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.

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