Students can maintain a class calendar to show weather data that students collect during their field visits. This display reinforces that time can be shown on calendars. Students can also compare weather data using bar graphs (rainy days vs. sunny days in September, rainy days in October vs. April, etc.).
Drawing maps of field study sites, including a map key, allows students to practice creating different types of maps, and practice using those maps to find the same study site over long periods of time. Each group could create a different section of the school grounds so that, when connected, would make a complete map of the property. Allow other groups within the class "ground truth" each others sections to identify additional features and for practice reading and using a map.
Use the supplemental content that follows in addition to the suggestions in #6, #7 and the Wrap Up in the original activity.
For the Music and Movement section of the original activity in the guide, use the GUW Field Study Data Collection pages to record weather data for the day. Students can sing the “What’s the Weather?” song before they share the data collected that day. Writing the words on sentence strips for students to read as they sing can be helpful for students to gain fluency. Weather data can be written on the class calendar to reinforce social studies standards.
For the Centers & Extensions section of the original activity, students can create a Wall Journal – maps of the classroom, school, school grounds, field study site, etc., that students create can be displayed as murals and revisited throughout the seasons.