4th Grade Oral Language Resources
Students will:• Learn about the concept of precipitation.
• Access prior knowledge and build background about examples of precipitation.
• Explore and apply the concept of precipitation.
Students will:• Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of precipitation.
• Orally use words that describe different types of precipitation.
• Extend oral vocabulary by speaking about terms that describe precipitation.
• Use key concept words [windy, storm, weather, climate, snow, ice, snowstorm; freezing, blizzard, precipitation, thunderstorms].
Explain• Use the slideshow to review the key concept words.
• Explain that students are going to learn about precipitation:
• Different types of precipitation.
• Damaging results that precipitation can have.
Model• After the host introduces the slideshow, point to the photo on screen. Ask students: What do you see in this picture? (a leaf with water on it). What do you think the weather was like when this picture was taken? (rainy).
• Ask students: How do you think this water will go away? (the sun will dry it up).
• Say: In this activity, we're going to learn about precipitation. Precipitation is any form of water that falls from the sky to the earth's surface. Examples of precipitation are: rain, snow, sleet, and hail. How do you protect yourself from precipitation? (wearing a raincoat, snow boots, coat, hat, using an umbrella, etc.)
Guided Practice• Guide students through the next three slides, showing them that they are examples of different types of precipitation and the effects that they can have on communities. Always have the students describe what they see in the slides.
Apply• Play the games that follow. Have them discuss with their partner the different topics that appear during the Talk About It feature.
• After the first game, ask students to talk about what they like and dislike about winter weather. After the second game, have them discuss what climate they would most like to live in and why.
Close• Ask students: What kinds of precipitation have you seen?
• Summarize for students that precipitaion is any form of water that falls from the sky to the Earth. Encourage them to think about the many different kinds of precipitation that people see throughout the U.S.