Academic journal article Science and Children

Seasonal Weather Patterns

Academic journal article Science and Children

Seasonal Weather Patterns

Article excerpt

One of the most basic crosscutting concepts in science is Patterns. This concept is often the first step toward asking questions that require deeper exploration. According to A Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC 2012), students must be able to examine "observed patterns of forms and events [that] guide organization and classification, and ... prompt questions about relationships and the factors that influence them" (NRC 2012, p. 84).

This month's column focuses on how weather, the seasons, and the movement of the Sun can be observed, helping students understand that patterns are an overarching concept. Younger students are asked to make observations and collect information on how the time of the year affects the amount of daylight a location receives. Older students gather more information about patterns that exist in different locations as they examine weather.


Sunshine Makes the Seasons

Franklyn M. Branley

ISBN: 978-0-06-059205-9


40 pages

Grades K-3


This story helps students explore how the Sun provides light and warmth for the Earth and how those characteristics, along with the revolution of the Earth around the Sun each year, create the seasons. …

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