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Here is an excellent free resource for teachers. This is written to go with exhibits at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, however, it can be modified to use in the classroom without visiting the museum. If you live close enough to Austin, Texas, to take a field trip then I highly recommend this excellent museum.
The “Wild Texas Weather” Educator Guide (from the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum) includes free printable worksheets for students covering weather in Texas:
- Weather changes (temperatures & precipitation)
- Air masses
- How weather impacts people
- Forecasting weather
- Additional Web Sites
- TEKS objective
KidsAstonomy.com is a great site for students to use when learning about the planets, moons, asteroids and comets. This site offers free games and free online classes as well. Their “Teacher’s Corner” provides free worksheets and a learning center
Following the lesson on The Five Senses, students can compare and group objects. Here are some activities:
- Make sure students understand “same” and “different.” Have two objects that are exactly the same and one that is different (such as two math books and an English book, or two identical balls and one that is different, etc.) Show the two objects that are the same and talk about how they are alike. Then show two objects that are different and talk about the ways they are different.
- Show two flowers that are not completely alike and talk about the ways they are the same (both are pretty, both smell good, both have stems, both have leaves, etc.) and ways they are different (one is shorter, they are different colors, etc.) Talk about how we use our senses of look, smell, and touch when we’re comparing the flowers.
- Explain to students there are different ways to compare things. Have a group of objects such as shells that the students can practice comparing and putting into groups such as big shells/little shells and then white shells/colored shells. Other objects that you could use to compare and group would be different sizes and colors of seeds, various rocks, or different sizes and colors of marbles.
- Have students compare their pencils. Remind students there are different ways to compare things. Have students with pencils longer than six inches line up on one side of the room. Have students with pencils shorter than six inches line up on the other side. Another comparison would be to have yellow pencils on one side and colored pencils on the other side. Or pencils with erasers on one side and those without erasers on the other.