Why is literacy important?
Learners need literacy skills in order to engage with the written word in everyday life… Being able to read and write means being able to keep up with current events, communicate effectively, and understand the issues that are shaping our world.
- Making the family connection: Discuss: “What do you notice about this weather report chart? ”
- Materials: family learning journals/paper, pencils, colored pencils, and/or crayons. Remind: them to open their journals to the next available page and date it. Don’t forget to have them label the top of the page with today’s learning topic/skill.
- Today’s literary connection: Understanding how, knowing when, and charting this week’s weather. Guided enquiry: Discuss why reading a weather report is important to our daily life. Ask: “How does a weather report help us plan our day, or our week?”
- Next: Using the chart above, invite one family member to draft a weather chart in their family learning journal. Explain: “For this week, let’s record the weather and check to see if it matches what the local weather station has predicted.”
- Once the chart is completed, as a family take a look at the Weather Underground forecast. Discuss what they notice. *Use this site or which ever forecasting station you choose. Weather Underground for Yacolt, WA: https://www.wunderground.com/weather/us/wa/yacolt
- Finally: For the younger family members, guide them with re-creating the slide below. Direct their spelling of the weather vocabulary. Guide their positioning of the ascender/descender letters (b, d, p, g, etc).