The Best Season (Grades K-1)
In this lesson, students will develop and use vocabulary for different types of weather; students will also gain an understanding of how the seasons change.
•Use descriptive words to convey basic ideas
•Use visual structures and functions of art to communicate ideas
•Learn that short-term weather conditions can change daily, and weather patterns change over seasons
The Best Season Student Printable (PDF)
Low Odor Dry Erase Markers
Art Supplies such as markers, glitter, and paint
Background Discussion (10 minutes)
1. Discuss how the weather changes as the seasons change. Describe the seasons in your region. Activate prior knowledge by asking students to describe their favorite activities in each season. Tell students that the seasons are different in different parts of the world. For example, the Southeast part of United States is warmer during the whole year than the Northeast United States. In the Southeast, leaves on many of the trees do not change colors in the fall. Places in the Southern Hemisphere have winter weather during the months that there is summer weather in the Northern Hemisphere. In tropical areas, near the equator, there are only two seasons: the rainy season and the dry season. Direct students’ attention to the classroom poster.
Using the Student Printable (25 minutes)
2. Draw a 4-column chart on the whiteboard titled: Sensational Seasons. Label each of the columns with one season: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring.
3. Distribute copies of The Best Season Student Reproducible (PDF) . Review the words in the Word Bank together. As a class, decide which word belongs with each season and add it to the correct column on the chart. Use different colored markers for each season to separate them visually.
Sensational Seasons Chart:
SUMMER - Humid ♦ FALL - Crisp ♦ WINTER - Freezing/Snowy ♦ SPRING - Drizzle
4. Ask students to add their favorite season-appropriate words to the chart.
5. Read the story on the reproducible aloud. As a class, choose words from the chart to fill in the blanks.
6. Ask students to write one sentence about their favorite season on the reproducible.
Colorful Extension Activity (25 minutes)
7. Create a simple bulletin board in the shape of a tree trunk and branches using bulletin board paper. Have students add season-appropriate vocabulary words and decorations to the tree as the seasons change. Here are some ideas: Winter—snowflakes, Spring—birds, raindrops, or flowers, Summer—green leaves, Fall—colored leaves or apples. Encourage students to use the words in their own writing throughout the year.
freezing, snowy, drizzle, humid, crisp