Perhaps you remember how I said I was “done” with the weather unit?
Yeah. Not quite and it’s all Linda’s fault. I mean this, of course, in the nicest way possible. She’s been very helpful in tracking down resources on drought this year.
It all began with the map from the New York Times. Then there was this article on the Weather Channel about the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. As much as I hate the idea of prolonging our weather unit…I’m going to. Don’t get me wrong. The issue is all mine. My kids are having a blast and weather has literally taken over every part of our daily lives. From school, to play, to our dinner table conversations. I have mini-meteorolgists wandering my house – all three of them.
Did I mention that their new favorite show to watch is “Storm Chasers?” They have picked up a surprising amount of weather terminology from the show even if you have to endure Reed Timmer shrieking like a banshee along with it. It’s also provided us ample opportunities to talk about safety and making wise choices. I’m looking forward to when the kids get to the episodes with Tim Samaras in them. It would be nice for them to be able to connect a person with one of their books.
I’m caught between the things I want to cover before the beginning of the Fall Trimester and where the lessons are taking us. Darn you interested based, connected to real life learning! (I jest.)
So I think we’ll add in a mini-unit to further flesh out drought and make historical connections to the Dust Bowl. There should be some interesting conversations as we compare and contrast this year and the 1930s. I can bring in some ecological and economic connections to help round out the picture which should tie nicely into the section on climate change we’ll get to in a couple of weeks. The plan will be to do so in an introductory, quick tour way because we’ll cover this particular period of history in greater depth when our history cycle spins that way.
While I figure that out, I thought you might be interested to see a video of a song by Woody Guthrie from the time period called “Great Dust Storm Disaster:”