In several paragraphs explain to your teacher what weather you like best and why.My little sister who is in 4th grade was assigned this essay. I'm trying to help her but I don't have many ideas. ...

In several paragraphs explain to your teacher what weather you like best and why.

My little sister who is in 4th grade was assigned this essay. I'm trying to help her but I don't have many ideas. 

She chose: sunny days

Her reasons: fun activities, warm climate, and beautiful view

Fun activities: swimming, water balloon fights, theme parks, exercise (hiking, walks, sports)

warm climate: tanning, ice-cream, picnics   

beautiful view: sparkling water, blue sky

She has alot of details for fun activities, but not enough for the other two reasons. I told her to change the third reason but she can't come up with anything else. Please help.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The previous posts have given their thoughts, which are quite sound.  I would only like to add my own.  Under "warm climate," picnics are indicated, which would feed into the idea of greater social interaction.  During the colder seasons, people are usually situated inside, but on sunny days, there are more people outside and a greater chance of spending time with people in a natural circumstance.  The idea of "hanging out" on a hot or warm day seems to go together quite nicely.  Under the "views" argument, I would say being able to watch the clouds in the sky move and making different shapes from them would be another example of the great views that are available on sunny and war days.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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I agree with the previous post that most of your sister's ideas deal with activities rather than the actual sunny climate. I think you should get your sister to concentrate more on the weather-specific examples. The tanning is a good one. Exercising is also good but explain how the various activities are better acclimated to the sun. If she likes to swim, you can mention that sunny weather makes for warmer water in which to swim. She might also want to specifically compare and contrast many of these activites in their relation to alternate (lesser) weather conditions--rain, snow, wind, etc. 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would think that a couple of her "warm climate" things are more like activities too. I think tanning and picnics and picnics are more of activities than climate.  Maybe she could talk about having plants growing.  Or maybe being able to have the windows open at your house to get fresh air in.

As for the beautiful view aspect, I was wondering if there might be some specific things that can be seen from your home or from places in your neighborhood. Maybe you could give specific things that look nice in the sunlight -- you know, like if you live in Seattle and you can see the Olympics and Mt. Rainier -- just details like that.

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besure77 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Your little sister has come up with some great ideas. Since this is fourth grade essay I think all she needs to do is elaborate of the things she chose. For example, she likes to tan. She should discuss how this makes her feel. She must like the warm sun's rays, perhaps while she is building sand castles on the beach. She also likes to have picnics. Many times when people have a picnic they go to a state park and go hiking. Does she like to plant and pick flowers? She could discuss this too.

There are also many more visual details that describe summer besides sparkling water and blue skies. How about the green grass and the vibrant flowers. During summer there is also the hum of motorcycles going down the road.

I think she did a great job on her details. All she needs to do is run with them a bit more.

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