Weather Text Set By: Kylee Spray

Rationale: This text set is intended for 2nd grade students. It has several different texts to inform the students about weather. This is important to teach because weather can effect our everyday lives and we should be knowledgeable on how it takes place and how to stay safe during it.

About the Book

  • Title: Ask Dr. K. Fisher About Weather
  • Author: Claire Llewellyn.
  • Publisher: Kingfisher New York
  • ISBN: 978-0-7534-6254-6
  • # of Pages: 29
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Summary: This book features animals that do not know what to do in certain storm situations. The storms and characters are based off of what storms each animals could encounter within the area they live. They approach Dr. K. Fisher to ask for advice on what they should do to survive the storms.

Teaching Points

  • Standard: RI.2.5 – Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
  • Objective: Students will be able to demonstrate what to do in a certain storm situation by explaining the correct steps to take.
  • Reading First Components: Vocabulary and Comprehension
  • ELA: Visually Representing
  • Support: This book has situations that students might get into during a storm. This book goes on to explain why certain things to do during a storm can be dangerous and activities you should avoid. Ex: Climbing a tree during a lightening storm.

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About the Book

  • Title: 100 Things You Should Know About Weather
  • Author: Clare Oliver
  • Illustrator: Clare Oliver
  • Publisher: Mason Crest
  • ISBN: 1-59084-459-9
  • # of Pages: 49
  • Genre: non-fiction
  • Summary: This book goes through many different types of weather and gives you facts and information that line up with what season that weather takes place during. It has exactly 100 facts with artwork included about each type of storm.

Teaching Points

  • Standard: RI.2.7 – Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
  • Objective: Students will be able to construct each experiment in the book to further their knowledge on the types of weather patterns throughout each season.
  • Reading First Components: Comprehension and Fluency
  • ELA: Viewing and Writing
  • Support: This book contains experiments or projects to show how a certain process of weather takes place. This will further the students knowledge and reach out to different learning styles with it being hands on. You could also use this as an assessment to see how well your students can read and follow directions.

About the Book

  • Title: Thunderstorms and Lightening
  • Author: Dean Galiano
  • Illustrator: Dean Galiano
  • Publisher: Rosen Central
  • ISBN: 0-8239-3772-0
  • # of Pages: 40
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Summary: This book is strictly for thunderstorms and lightening. It takes you through the thunderstorm process and what clouds and the different kinds of thunderstorms. It informs the reader on what needs to be present for there to be lightening and the damage that lightening can do.

Teaching Points

  • Standard: RI.2.8 – Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.
  • Objective: The student will be able to recognize the different types of thunderstorms and the characteristics of lightening by retrieving information on a worksheet.
  • Reading First Components: Comprehension and fluency
  • ELA: Reading and Listening
  • Support: This book may be advanced for 2nd grade so I advise having the teacher read it to the students while the students follow along. This book has good vocabulary in the back of the book. Also, I picked this book because living in Kansas thunderstorms and lighting are very common so the content will connect to the students well.

About the Book

  • Title: Who Likes Rain?
  • Author: Wong Herbert Yee
  • Illustrator: Wong Herbert Yee
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
  • ISBN: 9781466816909
  • # of Pages: 32
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Summary: This lyrical picture book tells the story of a little girl going around finding out who likes rain and who doesn't.

Teaching Points

  • Standard: RI.2.1 – Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • Objective: Student will be able to recite their experience with rain by answering questions regarding who, what, where, when, why, and how to.
  • Reading First Components: Phonemic Awareness and Phonics
  • ELA: Speaking and Reading
  • Support: This book is perfect to have children read on their own after the teacher has gone through it with the class. It is easy enough for the students to read by themselves. This book also as a song to go with it so if the teacher wanted to they could incorporate playing a simple instrument with it. The Author has many other book and also writes a blog about each and every book, for more ideas visit her website at: http://wongherbertyee.blogspot.com/

About the Text

  • Title: Severe Weather: Crash Course Kids #28.2
  • Author: Kay Boatner
  • Producer: Nicholas Jenkins
  • Length: 4:25 Minutes
  • Genre: Altnernative/Video
  • Summary: This video goes over the main differences between severe weather and regular weather. It explains to you the main events so when you encounter it you are more informed about it and not as scared.

Teaching Points

  • Standard: RI.2.7 – Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
  • Objective: Students will be able to explain the difference between severe weather and regular weather by giving multiple examples of each.
  • Reading First Components: Comprehension
  • ELA: Listening, Viewing, and Visually Representing
  • Support: This lady puts on several videos about different topics that align perfectly with different elementary grades standards. To view more of her videos go to youtube and search Crash Course Kids. Their videos are very entertaining and can connect to many different topics. You can also click on this link that will take you directly to their 100+ videos: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=crash+course+kids

About the Text

  • Title: National Geographic Kids: Weather
  • Author: Kirstin Baird Rattini
  • Illustrator: Kirstin Baird Rattini
  • Publisher: National Geographic
  • ISBN: 1426313489
  • # of Pages: 32
  • Genre: Visual
  • Summary: This book goes through a series of facts with real pictures of storms from around the world. This book is perfect for students who can read on their own.

Teaching Points

  • Standard: RI.2.7 – Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
  • Objective: Students will be able to associate pictures of storms and match them to the correct corresponding name.
  • Reading First Components: Vocab and Comprehension
  • ELA: Viewing and Visually Representing
  • Support: National Geographic Kids has a website that aligns directly with their magazines/books. They have fun but educational activities you can do in your classroom and games the students can play on the computer. To access that website click on this link or google "National Geographic Kids" http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

About the Text

  • Title: What Will the Weather be Like Today?
  • Author: Paul Rogers
  • Illustrator: Kazuko
  • Publisher: Harcourt Schools Publisher
  • ISBN: 0153524618
  • # of Pages: 32
  • Genre: Visual
  • Summary: This book goes through the day of the books character has he encounters different types of weather.

Teaching Points

  • Standard: RI.2.3 – Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
  • Objective: Students will Create a book of their recordings of the weather in their area each day for a week.
  • Reading First Components: Phonics and Comprehension
  • ELA: Writing
  • Support: For this particular book the grade level might be a tad low for 2nd grade. That is why I suggest to use this as an example for students to record their interactions with the weather every day for a week. View this website for ideas on how to make an individual weather book: http://funinfirst.com/weather/

About the Book

  • Title: Twister
  • Author: Darleen Beard
  • Illustrator: Nancy Carpenter
  • Publisher: Square Fish
  • ISBN: 0374480141
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Summary: This is the story of two elementary characters that hide in their cellar during a tornado. They have to hold down the cellar door so the tornado does not rip it open when it passes. unfortunately they are unable to find their mother, the search goes on at the end of the story so the two characters can find their mother after the storm.

Teaching Points

  • Standard: RI.2.1 – Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
  • Objective: Students will be able to fill out a chart answering the questions who, what, where, when, why, and how on details from the story..
  • Reading First Component: Fluency and Comprehension
  • ELA: Reading and Writing
  • Support: For this particular book, it may be advanced for some 2nd graders which would make it hard for them to comprehend the events in the story to fill out the who, what, when, why, and how chart. Instead, the teacher could read the book to the class and have them fill out their chart together.

About the Text

  • Title: All About Hurricanes for Kids
  • Author: Joseph Madden
  • Illustrator: Photographs
  • Publisher: Amazon Digital Texts
  • ISBN: B007A2TXMC
  • # of Pages: 10
  • Genre: Visual
  • Summary: This book is full of pictures of hurricanes or the devastation the hurricane has caused. Next to the picture has facts about that particular hurricane.

Teaching Points

  • Standard: RI.2.8 – Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.
  • Objective: Students will be able to compare two storms using pictures and facts by creating a compare and contrast chart.
  • Reading First Component: Comprehension and vocabulary
  • ELA: Writing and Reading
  • Support: Since this text mainly consists of facts and pictures. I would have each student pick what their 2 favorite storms are. Then, you could draw a compare and contrast chart on the white board and have each student come up and write the comparison between the two storms they picked. This way, it is interactive between all students and more informative.

About the Text

  • Title: Tracking the Weather
  • Author: Monika Davies
  • Illustrator: Monika Davies
  • Publisher: Teacher Created Materials
  • ISBN: 1480746487
  • # of Pages: 32
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Summary: This book has several different tools in it. It shows how to read the weather on tv and what to look for when storms are nearby. It also shows you how to read a 5 day forecast and look at the different components such as the humidity.

Teaching Points

  • Standard: RI.2.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
  • Objective: Students will be able to organize a 5 day weather chart by tracking the weather for a week in their area.
  • Reading First Components: Phonics and Vocabulary
  • ELA: Viewing and Visually Representing
  • Support: I would view this website on tips on how to get started making your own 5 day forecast. This scholastic website also has fun yet educational games regarding the forecast and weather. https://www.scholastic.com/kids/weather/

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