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Detailed Lesson Plan (Part 1)

Theme/Topic: Weather                                       Date/Lesson No. 1 (Term 3 Week 1)

Main Subject: Language

Coordinating Subject/s: Environmental Science; Creative Arts

Lesson Title: Whether the Weather be Fine


Learning Objective/s

Children will:

  1. be familiar with the basic terms (author, illustrator, cover page and title) used with books
  2. use adjectives to describe the weather
  3. read sentences using pictorial cues
  4. understand and illustrate adjectival sentences
  5. practise the rhythm of English and pronounce words clearly
  6. be introduced to the physical characteristics of the environment - the different types of weather that affect the survival of a plant

Resources

  1. tongue-twister 'Whether the Weather' by John Bennett
  2. story book 'This is the Sunflower' by Lola M. Schaefer
  3. picture cards and activity sheet (Annex A and B)
  4. chart paper (or chart board) and marker

Lesson Procedures:

Tuning-in
1. Let the children practise the tongue-twister (*Whether - pronounced like 'where the'; weather - pronounced like 'wear the'):
Whether the weather be fine
Or whether the weather be not
Whether the weather be cold
Or whether the weather be hot
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not

2. Tell the children that you will read them a story that shows two different kinds of weather.


Lesson Development
3. Show the storybook 'This is the Sunflower' by Lola M. Schaefer. Introduce the author and illustrator. Point to the flower and ask the children if they know the name of the flower. Point to and read the title of the story.

4. Read the story in a loud clear voice with a steady rhythm.
Suggested questions and answers:

5.Talk about the few types of weather in Singapore: Sunny, Windy, Cloudy, Rainy and Stormy. Let the children express how each type of weather makes them feel (hot / warm / cool / cold / sticky / dry / wet). Respond to children's questions of why there is no snow in Singapore when asked. Explain that the area where Singapore is situated has the sun shone directly on it (i.e. the hottest), and so it is too hot for snow to be formed.

6. With reference to the book, tell the children to describe:
7. Write and read out the sentences on chart paper as they describe:

8. Show the four picture cards. Distribute them to the children at random. Tell them to come up, one at a time (as you read each sentence), and match the pictures to the correct sentences. Read the sentences a few times with them, using a pointer to draw the children's attention to the words and the related pictures.

9. Give out the activity sheets and instruct the children to illustrate the sentences. Encourage them to read each sentence to understand what it is describing, before drawing the picture. They may refer to the picture cards, but encourage them to draw their own pictures.


Closure
10. Let the children have fun practising the tongue-twister from slow to fast speed.


Extended Activity
Have the children work at the 'Word Study Centre' and build a word bank on Adjectives.


Reflection / Comments on lesson
(*Teachers' own observations and comments)

Copyright © 2008 Sim HL, Joyce. Permission to copy for private use.