We’ve been stuck inside due to the bad weather for what seems like months. It can be a real challenge to keep kids active, when they are not able to get outdoors. So that means that I have to be a bit more creative when it comes to teaching. I try to plan each lesson with lots of movement. I have even figured out a way for us to make it outdoors for a few minutes, and while still learning. That’s where my snow report project idea comes from. Keep reading below to see how this can be done.
A Camera and a Notebook
The first things you will need are a camera, and a notebook. The camera should be able to record the weather report. The report will be about five minutes perhaps less, but try not to make it too long. Especially if the weather outdoors is not that good. You don’t want to risk anyone catching a cold by spending too much time outdoors. The notebook can be your child’s regular writing notebook.
A Job For Everyone
Next you will want to give everyone a job, including yourself. If you have more than one child then each can take turns having a different job. For example one child can be the weather reporter, and the other can be the producer of the weather show, who keeps all the notes. The notes will have the ideas on them. If you have only one child then you may need to take on the role of camera person so that your child can be the weather man. Just focus on having a lot of fun, regardless of how many people you have to help out.
Watch the weather channel
The weather channel is the perfect source of weather related information. This can help your child see exactly how a weather report is done. While they are watching the show, have them take notes on key things they would like to do. If they use words on the weather channel that they don’t understand, have them write them down. Then after the weather report is done you and your children can look up the meaning of the words.
Make sure that your children are bundled up well before heading out. Then with camera in hand venture into the winter weather and film your weather report. Make sure that you are in a safe area. This means looking at trees, and wires that may look a little shaky. If it is windy out you may want to wait until the wind dies down a bit. Better to go out when the snow has stopped and there is no risk for anyone to get injured.
Review the final taping
Last but certainly not least, after the video taping is done, watch it and review it. Allow your child to be their own critic. Have them write what they would do differently the next time. This information can also be added to their notebook. In the end they will have a nice video weather report. More importantly they will have learned something about weather, and had fun in the process.