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Why are some days hot while some others cold? What are clouds and why do all clouds not rain? From where does the wind start to blow and how does it know in which direction to blow? Why is it that it rains only in certain seasons or snows only in certain places? Children would have experienced weather changes and would be familiar with a variety of weather phenomena. The elementary classes are therefore an apt starting point to begin a systematic observation of weather and arrive at the cause-effect relationship that exists in weather phenomena.

Creating opportunities for children to systematically observe weather conditions, to understand the various reasons for these conditions and their dependence on various physical parameters is the primary objective of studying weather and seasons.

Weather affects both living things and non-living things, for example, seasonal changes in living things and weathering in non living things.

Students can easily be encouraged to observe periodic changes in their surroundings in order to discover patterns and cycles in the living and non-living world.

The study of weather and seasons involves the collection and interpretation of a vast amount of data.

Opportunities to represent data in multiple ways – tables, graphs, pictographs, etc. can be capitalized on to demonstrate more efficient ways of analyzing information. The study of weather and seasons present many opportunities to engage with the scientific method – hypothesizing, observing and experimenting to gather data, drawing inferences and making predictions.

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