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Lesson Plan

Date: Day 1 Lesson Topic: Introduction to weather, climate, and the atmosphere Units Essential Questions: What is the difference between weather and climate? What is the atmosphere made of and what is its purpose? Students will know or be able to: Objectives Your objectives should be measureable, contain an observable verb, and be written in student-friendly language. Instructional methods used Look at your Teaching Methods to Try list and choose methods that will best help you reach your objectives. 1. The difference between weather and climate 2. Important concepts related to weather and climate 3. The composition and purpose of the atmosphere Mechanism of assessment for measuring each objective: 1. Entrance ticket responses 1. Entrance ticket 2. Responses during discussions 2. Group discussions 3. DTP 4. Student background and interest survey Instructional materials and resources Entrance ticket, PowerPoint, student surveys Methods evaluation: After teaching, reflect on how well each method worked and what you would do to refine or build on each method. 3. Questions during DTP

Evidence of differentiation Based on your assessment of student learning, what are you going to do to accommodate the range of needs in your classroom? TIME:

Answer student questions during DTPs Check for understanding during instruction Future lessons: Tailor the content based on results of student background survey Lesson Agenda

What will you be doing? 0-5: Entrance ticket: How would you describe the yearly weather cycle in RI to someone who has never been here? Is the weather always the same from year to year? What changes? 5-10: Group discussion of entrance ticket Writing, thinking

What will the students be doing?

Discussing, listening, writing Listening, taking notes, asking questions 10-30: DTP on climate vs. weather and climate change 30-35: Group discussion: If people say the Earth is warming, whats keeping in all the heat? 35-45: DTP on atmosphere (function, composition) 45-50: Student interest and background survey (figure out prior knowledge) Filling out survey Discussing, listening, taking notes Listening, taking notes, asking questions