Scotland and How's the Weather

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Name of Teacher: Alex Meyering

Class/Grade/Language Level: Elementary 1st - 4th Grade

Textbook and specific lesson: N/A

Goal: Review phonics, teach children about the culture in Scotland, Practice weather terms

Preparation: Weather cards, powerpoint, phonics cards

Class time: 45 Minutes


  1. Warm-up (2-5 minutes)
    • “How are you?”
  2. Phonics Practice (10 minutes)
    • Review previously learned phonics
    • Introduce 1-2 new letters, depending on comfort level of class
    • Practice sounds aloud
    • (4th grade) Basic reading exercises
  3. Show Scotland Powerpoint (10-15 minutes)
    • Introduce culture, food, animals, flag, clothing, legends from Scotland
    • Encourage student participation and critical thinking throughout presentation (“Where is Scotland on the map? What do you think the country is like? What kind of food is this? What colors are on the flag?”)
    • Show Scotland Tourism video
  4. Introduce Weather Vocab (5-10 minutes)
    • Use PowerPoint and introduce weather terms
    - Sunny (1st-4th)
    - Rainy (1st-4th)
    - Cloudy (1st-4th)
    - Hot (1st-4th)
    - Cold (1st-4th)
    - Stormy (3rd-4th)
    - Windy(3rd-4th)
    - Snowy(3rd-4th)
  5. Play “Blackboard Race” with weather terms (Remainder of period)
    • Put all the learned weather terms on the board with magnets. Push desks to the side and clear a space. Split the class into two equal teams. Explain the rules: when the teacher calls out the name of one of the weather cards, the first person from each team’s line must race forward to touch the card. The first team to touch the card wins a point. If there is a tie, decide with janken. Once a person tries and the round ends, the first two people on each team go to the back of the line and it will be the next person’s turn.