March is Here!!!!!

Check out this video about the forecast for spring:
U.S. Forecast for Spring

Join us as we use the book "On The Same Day In March" by Marilyn Singer to learn about weather around the world. Tell the rest of the world what it is like in your city on this day. (You don't have to buy the book to do this activity.)

We are all familiar with the March saying "In like a lion, out like a lamb." If March begins with bad weather (in like a lion), it will end with good weather (out like a lamb). It also means that if March begins with good weather (in like a lamb), it will end with bad weather (out like a lion.) Let's see if that actually happens in each of our communities. We will use the page In like a lion... (see link near the links to other pages) to track the temperature and weather for both days.

Your classroom can decide how you want to contribute to this project. You can one or both of the following:
a) Chart the weather (temp and precipitation) on March 1 and 31. (If you don't have school on those days, record your data on the first day you are back in session.)
b) Chart the weather on the first day of Spring on Wednesday, March 20.

You need to have a wikispaces account if you wish to do more than just view the data on this project. Once you have registered for a wikispaces account, you may join in one of two ways:
1) Go to the site and click on Join in upper right corner. I will then receive notification of your request and can approve it.
2) Send me an email at: cgrossrhode@gmail.comand I will email you an invitation to join.

Shortly after joining the project you will want to create a page for your classroom. This will help classrooms to get to know each other before the "day in March." See the notes at the bottom of this page "To begin your page" and "Formatting Guide for Teachers" instructions.

If you have joined this project, would you please email me at: so I can get your emails. I want to set everyone up as collaborators for the map and need email addresses. I will also send a listing of email addresses and grade levels to all participants as we get closer to March.

Check out 'Other Resources' link. This has a few links on web sites and iPad apps that can be used to help with the project. Feel free to add more ideas to the Resources page.

When you first read the book, you will notice the descriptions of the weather and environment as the main emphasis. When you read it more thoroughly, look at the references to the weather that people in other regions may not understand. There are text or pictorial references to things other than the weather. Think of how you can describe these things also.

To begin your page:
1) Once you join the wiki, open "Sample Page.
2) Copy the text on Sample Page.
3) Click on New Page link in sidebar and create a wiki page using the name of your city, state and country.
4) Paste the copied text and use that as a format to create a wiki page for telling us about your territory.
5) Eventually we will add what happened on the day in March. (The date is yet to be chosen. We are waiting on suggestions from members)

*Read the Formatting Guide for Teachers page for information about formatting text and placing graphics on your page. I'm open to suggestions on how to improve this layout, so email me ideas.*

**Zoom out to see where everyone is from. Use the marker to show us where you are from.

Email if you have any questions.