Institute’s Weather & Water
5th Grade Program is a comprehensive
nine-week program that is aligned with the California
Science Content Standards. The curriculum promotes
inquiry-based science learning and includes nine
weeks of comprehensive lesson plans for classroom
instruction and a 2-½ hour field trip to the Ocean
Each week of the program addresses at least one of
the weather and water 5th grade earth science standards.
Multiple instructional strategies are employed each
week to provide students with several opportunities
to learn the content standards. Classroom instruction
is based on two 60-minute science sessions per week.
One session per week is dedicated to direct instruction,
and the second session uses Science Notebooks and
inquiry-based investigations to promote investigation
and experimentation skills. The curriculum also includes
homework activities, English Language Learner modifications,
Gifted and Talented Education options, technology
lessons that utilize historical and real-time weather
data, quizzes, question banks, and assessment strategies.
The Weather & Water field trip to the Ocean
the concepts students learn in class by engaging students
in inquiry-based investigations that are not easily duplicated
in a classroom. Students use their Science Notebooks during
the field trip to explore the water cycle, convection currents,
and weather maps in an interactive, hands-on format.
program has been successfully implemented in over 100 classrooms
in 16 school districts across Orange County. The National
Science Teachers Association and the Association of Science-Technology
Centers have selected it as an example of an exemplary
informal science education program that demonstrates the
key tenets of the National Science Education Standards.
click here for a complete
program overview and/or here
for a sample of a lesson plan from the program. Please click
here if you would like to become a trainer for the
program and implement the program in your area. Please
contact Sue Magdziarz at firstname.lastname@example.org for
more information about the program.