Lesson plan ideas:

These are only suggested ideas. Pick out those ideas that fit your classroom. Check with classrooms with similar age groups to see what they are doing! Good Luck.

  1. Look at the map on the wikispace home page to find out where the other classes are located.
  2. Place markers on a large classroom map so students can get a better feel for where everyone else live.
  3. Make predictions about what you think the weather may be like there.
  4. Challenge your students to listen to a national TV weather report to see what is happening in other parts of the country. (Go to Weather Channel if you have it in your classroom)
  5. Read the book On the Same Day in March. Discuss the weather in all parts of the world. You may want a world map and have individual students put a marker on places that are discussed in the book. You can either do this on a large classroom map or on a map on your Interactive White Board if you have one available. Discuss what pages of the book refer to weather closest to some of the classrooms in this project. Discuss if you think there are any stereotypes portrayed in the pictures.
  6. Read some of the “sticky notes” being posted on http://www.wallwisher.com/wall/DayInMarch Add your own notes
  7. As the days lead up to March 1, ask the students if they have heard of weather events on the news. This can apply to our partner classrooms or any place around the world. Try: http://www.accuweather.com/ for weather data. Make a poster or chart about your weather for the past month. You can make comparisons to the average weather data. Use a world map to mark these weather events.
  8. Brainstorm lists of questions that you would like to ask students in the other classrooms. Some ideas I had (but see what the kids come up with). Average temperatures and precipitation during the seasons for your area. http://countrystudies.us/united-states/weather/ Major weather events they or people they know have experienced (hurricane, monsoon, flood, tornado, blizzard, earthquake, etc.) How weather/climate affects activities:
  9. Are there any activities/festivals/sporting events that are centered around climate? (skiing, sledding, etc.) When are outdoor sports’ seasons? How does that differ for different areas?
  10. Look at the illustrations in the book. Are they pretty close to reality or are there any stereotypes about your area of the country/world that are not realistic?
  11. Does your area have daylight savings time?
  12. On March 1 and 31, take pictures of what is happening in your school. Upload pictures to your wiki page along with descriptions of what is happening.

Skyping ideas:
  1. Have students take turns reading pages in the book
  2. Discuss about the weather for the day
  3. Discuss weather for the year. Has it been “normal”?
  4. Exchange questions and answers about your community and school.
  5. Discuss book and ways that the illustrations depict life as it really is.
  6. Discuss book and ways that it may not depict life in your areas realistically.

After the “Days in March”:
  1. Post new pictures if you need to.
  2. Write letters/emails to other schools with questions you may have for them.
  3. Send a postcard of your community to other schools in the project.