Module 4-Science KA - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this module, students will study different kinds of trees and gather autumn leaves. They will observe the weather and discuss how the weather affects their daily life.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Autumn Leaves and Weather Conditions Five or six natural objects
2 Making a Weather Chart Colored pencils or crayons
Cardboard or card stock
A small pin or nail
A pencil with an eraser
An outdoor thermometer
A compass

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Autumn Leaves and Weather Conditions
  1. Describe different kinds of trees and leaves.
  2. Gather autumn leaves and describe their various colors.
  3. Explain weather conditions.
2 Making a Weather Chart
  1. Describe the unpredictable nature of weather.
  2. Demonstrate the concepts of north, south, east, and west.
  3. Make a wind vane and chart weather observations for the week.

Module Key Words:

Key Words
autumn leaves
weather conditions
weather chart

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title
1 Autumn Leaves and Weather Conditions 2 Autumn Leaves and Weather Conditions Assignment
2 Making a Weather Chart 2 Making a Weather Chart Assignment

Learning Coach Notes:

Lesson # Lesson Title Notes
1 Autumn Leaves and Weather Conditions Gather a small number (five or six is a good number to start with) of natural objects from your yard or a surrounding area. Lay them out on a newspaper and put another newspaper on top so your child cannot see the objects. Then ask your child to come to play a game. As he watches intently, pull the newspaper off the top of the objects so he can examine them for a few seconds, then quickly replace it. Give him about five minutes to find similar objects in the surrounding area. (You may use a rock, seeds, leaves, etc.) You may wish to play this game several times, changing the objects (and the number of objects) each time. Let your child set the game up for you, too, to test your memory and matching skills.
2 Making a Weather Chart While learning about the weather, have your student watch the local weather report on the news and compare it to the weather they observe. Discuss how accurate the forecast is.

Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Autumn Leaves and Weather Conditions
  1. Why do we need trees?
Making a Weather Chart
  1. What is the weather?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Autumn Leaves and Weather Conditions Autumn Leaves and Weather Conditions
  1. What are deciduous trees?
  2. What are conifers?
  3. What do trees provide?
Making a Weather Chart Making a Weather Chart
  1. What is a meteorologist?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt Steve Metzger 130L
2 Why do Leaves Change Color? Betsy Maestro 580L
3 Weather Words and What they Mean Gail Gibbons 580L

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing