Sky Watchers Teachers’ Guide: pedagogy

Pedagogy

The newly adapted Sky Watchers Teachers’ Guide has a number of pedagogical features to make a seamless transition to your classroom.

New Organization

Each section of the newly adapted Sky Watchers Teachers’ Guide is organized to better reflect processes and themes in Canadian provincial and territorial curricula. These curricular themes are then tied to weather, severe weather, Air Quality Health Index, UV Index, and other expertise Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) has to offer.

Description
Description

A graphic organizer showing boxes that the student must fill in before and after the one minute reading.

Activating Prior Knowledge

A trigger question starts each section. This can be used to start a discussion or brainstorm to get students thinking about the topics that lie ahead.

Six Processes are Highlighted Throughout the Text

 Collaboration and community
Collaboration and community
 Using a variety of sources
Using a variety of sources
 Leveraging technology
Leveraging technology
 Collecting data or making observations
Collecting data or making observations
 Predicting
Predicting
 Classification or comparison
Classification or comparison

Graphic Organizers

Two ready-to-print graphic organizers provide students with a framework for assembling ideas as they work through the demonstrations and instructions for building weather instruments.

Activities at a Glance

The best and most relevant demonstrations and weather instrument activities were hand-picked for the newly adapted Sky Watchers Teachers’ Guide. These are now integrated into the text, giving you at a glance ideas for hands-on participation as you review weather topics. You will also notice new questions that help make the demonstrations more interactive and valuable for use in the classroom.

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