Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wonderful Weather

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I have to admit, I LOVE teaching weather.  The only problem is that I live in Arizona.  There aren't many clouds, and it's not very exciting to complete a weather journal on five days of sunshine.  Now, I know I should be thankful for the abundance of natural vitamin D, but it's already been over 90 for a few days now.  I'm not ready for 90 degrees.

When I taught 4th, we watched a super cool water cycle song on YouTube.  Well, it turns out that five and six years old LOVE it, too!  I think they really just like Uncle Dan hiding in the garbage can, but if they absorb one piece of information, it's worth the time spent.  Plus, it's my favorite educational song.

Anyway, I am VERY excited for this new unit.  It's a chance for my students to read and learn about weather that happens elsewhere.  We don't get much rain, and when it does rain, the kids think they are going to melt.  You may think I'm joking, but I am dead serious.

There are picture vocabulary cards for each type of weather, and a matching game.

There are circle maps for each type of weather, and a "What I Learned" activity.

The kids will make their own forecast and then follow up by recording the actual weather.
One of the activities I'm most excited to share is the "Dress Your Tater" activity.  The kids will dress their tater friends for various weather.

I made two options for the weather journal: one page and a booklet style with opinion writing and weather graphing.

The kids will think about how the weather affects their daily lives with the weather cause and effect.
My favorite weather activity is when the kids think about the food that would fall from the sky in the town of Chewandswallow (from the book Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs).

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With that being said, the menu is the freebie.  Click here to download.

If you would like the entire unit, check it out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Have a GREAT day!


  1. This looks like a great unit!! I am teaching weather at the end of the year. I also teach in Arizona (in Ahwatukee), and I know what you mean about the "interesting" science standards... I am in my first year of teaching and just figuring out what to do with them! :)

  2. The standards are a bit random. My favorite is "Understand that astronauts are explorers of space". :)

  3. Carolyn,
    I just love the book, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs! The menu is a cute activity. Thanks for sharing!
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