Early Childhood

Weather and Elementary

What are some ways or activities to teach kindergarteners about weather patterns? Many of my students can't decipher between what types of weather there are and what the seasons are, many think they are the same thing and often reply that, "winter, fall, spring, or summer is their favorite weather."

Arielle Conger
Arielle Conger
510 Activity Points

I completely agree that a possible way to teach your students about the weather would be to incorporate the transition between summer and winter because that is a drastic change. Students love learning about animals and their environments so I definitely think that is a good way to go about it! Good luck

Noelle Rocawich
Noelle Rocawich
1190 Activity Points

That is a good question. When I worked with preschool students, we read lots of books about weather, and they got to look out the window and decide what the weather was like when we did calendar in the mornings. The students seemed to enjoy going outside to decide what the weather was like, and we constantly used lots of descriptions when talking about weather.

Corryn Santana
Corryn Santana
2545 Activity Points

I had kindergartners last year, and I would ask them about the weather every day. I would reinforce the idea about weather, and incorporate the words "rainy, foggy, sunny, warm, wet,dry, humid, cloudy" in the discussion. Also, I would show them the weather forecast online to show how technology helps us determine the weather in the future. At the same time, if they popped out answers like "summer, winter, fall, or spring", I would use that moment to teach them that we stay at the same season for a few months, and we only stay in one season at a time. But weather is different every day. For example, in the season fall, we started the new year of school, but the weather can be rainy or sunny or windy, etc.

Holly Shum
Holly Shum
3665 Activity Points

In my classroom, we touch on the weather every day. Each student has a folder with calendars in them and altogether we fill in the date of the day as well as describe what the weather looks like (sunny, cloudy, rainy, etc.) and we connect that to the season we are currently in. This helps them already have some of that vocabulary daily versus cramming it all in one lesson.

Yagaira Gonzalez
Yagaira Gonzalez
1635 Activity Points

Thank you for posting this! Very interesting!!

Marissa Garcia
Marissa Garcia
1620 Activity Points

Going over some vocabulary words might help out distinguish between seasons and weather. Also, talking about each season and the types of weather that are in each season could benefit them as well. There are many videos on youtube that talk about weather. Wordsearches that have the vocabulary words can be fun. Having them draw a picture of their favorite season and then discuss what types of weather they see.

Lauren Bonnet
Lauren Bonnet
16050 Activity Points

This is also an issue with my second graders they do not completely understand this context. I have found a variety of different non-fictions books which students could comprehend.

Jessica Orozco
Jessica Orozco
1140 Activity Points

We just ended our weather change lesson for this week, having songs, powerpoint, and visuals help students see the grasp of the different types of weather. They also learned about temperature and how that changes the weather from warm, hot, cold, or cool. We did a chart of the week where they needed to draw out the type of weather they observed in class or even a day that you can take them outside during the lesson could help too. This was for first but challenging kindergarten would'nt be so bad.

Cinthia Rodriguez
Cinthia Rodriguez
4485 Activity Points

We just ended our weather change lesson for this week, having songs, powerpoint, and visuals help students see the grasp of the different types of weather. They also learned about temperature and how that changes the weather from warm, hot, cold, or cool. We did a chart of the week where they needed to draw out the type of weather they observed in class or even a day that you can take them outside during the lesson could help too. This was for first but challenging kindergarten would'nt be so bad.

Cinthia Rodriguez
Cinthia Rodriguez
4485 Activity Points

A great way to get them to start differentiating between the different seasons would be reading Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. I used this as an effective focus before a lesson and was surprised by how the students picked up on the changing scenery and their ability to decipher what each element meant and how it related to different seasons.

Angela Zuccarini
Angela Zuccarini
1865 Activity Points

Arille, I actually found that even 1st graders are sometimes confused by the differences in seasons. I work at a Preschool right now, and something they do that is helpful is talking about what type of clothing you would wear in each season, and then talk about what attributes of the season cause us to make these decisions about what to wear or not to wear. Bringing in actually clothes and having the class sort them for each season could be a tangible way for them to understand the importance of weather and how it affects our choices daily and seasonally.

Ashley Mancuso
Ashley Mancuso
2310 Activity Points

This website has different ways of teaching the elements of weather and climate to students. It shows which lessons would be appropriate for certain grades so you can filter out what you are looking for. http://beyondpenguins.ehe.osu.edu/issue/weather-and-climate-from-home-to-the-poles/hands-on-science-and-literacy-lessons-about-weather-and-climate

Ashley Pletka
Ashley Pletka
1925 Activity Points

Here is a song that may be able to help teaching the different types of weather. It is very simple and has great animation to match the type of weather. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD6FRDd9Hew

Krystal Deshais
Krystal Deshais
2835 Activity Points

I would read a book about the 4 season for Kindergarten class. Then, the students will have this long manila paper to fold into 4 square/rectangle. Then in each separate square, they will write down 4 seasons, Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring. Those, I will write down on the board. Then I will show them what the picture of each seasons looked like, then they will draw and color the picture.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

As I mention to you about drawing on the manila paper... you have another option. Instead of coloring the picture, they could get a construction paper of the color red, orange, yellow, green, white, and blue and have the students tear them in a tiny pieces and scrunch them. Then have the students to just draw a tree, grass or something that represents every season. Have students to glue those tiny picture on the tree, grass, snow, and so forth.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

You could play a brain pop jr. that talks about different types of weather.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

At my school, the students learn by using their senses and making observations of the weather change. For example, students are taken out of their classrooms, outside of the school during a science weather lesson in order for them to observe how the environment looks and feels.

Roxana Rivas
Roxana Rivas
1310 Activity Points

Showing them a video about the different seasons would be useful. You can stop a different points of the video and ask questions.

Ana Pena
Ana Pena
1245 Activity Points

I really enjoyed reading all of the replies to this question. I agree with many others about taking the students outside for them to witness the daily weather themselves. I think if you talk about weather every day in your classroom then relate that to the four seasons it will help the students. Thanks for all of the advice!

Anna Jamboretz
Anna Jamboretz
220 Activity Points

I think a great way to help younger students better understand weather would be to incorporate a weather person in the morning meetings. Have a student go look out the window and tell the class what it looks like outside. Is it cloudy? Is the sun shining? Are there leaves on the ground? Have that student choose an appropriate weather symbol and place on the weather calendar for that week. This would get the students excited about weather, and good at looking outside and knowing what type of weather is going on.

Taylor Deason
Taylor Deason
160 Activity Points

This is great comment. I think a great way to teach can also be to observe the weather in each season and talk about it. 

Bethaney Jones
Bethaney Jones
820 Activity Points

Hi, I am currently placed in a Kindergarten class for my student teaching program and I have seen the teacher conduct activities where they go based on their clothing. What would you wear in summer, winter, fall, and spring. As other people have mentioned they start with the most drastic changes but I have seen this work. Hope it helps.

Marlene Cadena
Marlene
1275 Activity Points

I think this is such a great question. I personally love books. I also think that you could set up different stations in which the students can see what each season is like. For example in winter station you could have pictures of snow, a bucket of ice since winter is cold. In the fall station you can have some crunchy leaves. I also really liked the idea of showing students the drastic change between winter and summer.

Jennifer Pickett
Jennifer Pickett
655 Activity Points

We have been teaching our Kindergarten classes the meaning and differences between all four seasons! Our students understand the "main" definition of the seasons. For example, Fall- leaves change colors, thanksgiving, weather feels cool. Winter- comes after fall, christmas time, cold, and snows.

Deborah Suen
Deborah Suen
1505 Activity Points

I have done some great activities with air pressure like cloud in a bottle and the index card under a cup of water. Students really loved seeing this. We also talked about vortexes with the "tornado" in a bottle.

Tyler Benson
Tyler Benson
2795 Activity Points

In my class, on our calendar we have at the bottom: What's the weather like today? it has many options to choose from such as sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy and snowy. We have a song that goes to the tune of "London Bridges Falling Down" that goes:

"Whats the weather like today?
Like today? Like today?
What's the weather like today?
Today is...."

All the kids pause while the student of the day moves the magnet to the appropriate weather. The class takes a vote on weather or not they agree with what the students had to say.

To contrast that, we also have a season song that goes to the tune of "This old Man". It goes:

"Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
There are seasons four in all
Look outside and you will see
Just what season it could be"

There are also journal entries that students can make where they track the weather and draw what the weather looks like outside, and as a class it is talked about. Hope this helps!

Jessica Adair
Jessica Adair
580 Activity Points

Great question!

Navil Lopez
Navil Lopez
810 Activity Points

Arielle Conger, I can appreciate how difficult it can be to teach science concepts that seem simple to us but difficult for children because they do not have the background experience to tie in with new learning. Forgive me if someone already suggested the experiment I am sharing but there were too many responses to read through. No matter what time of year, or if we have already covered a concept, it is a good idea to revisit the topic to assess if students remember what was taught. The Bulbber Experiment is taught through animal adaptations. I think that if children are asked about clothing they would wear in each season they could see a connection even in kindergarten. However, if we discuss animals and ask would they live in certain ecosystems it might make a bigger impact. Would a Polar Bear live in the desert? Could an alligator live in Alaska? Then discuss why they would or wouldn't. Also check the weather online with the Weather Channel and observe live webcams around the world that show for example; penguins, Koala Bears, Pandas, and so on. Why do bears have so much fur? Would turtles be able to stay warm in the snow? Here is the experiment: http://www.hometrainingtools.com/a/whale-blubber-project I use buckets full of ice and have the kids put on a pair of blubber gloves, one without the blubber of course. I make a set for each group and use duck tape to seal the "cuff" of each glove. With kindergarteners you may structure it differently. I use thermometers in each glove so students can compare the temperature in the glove with blubber and the glove without the blubber.

Pamela Dupre
Pamela Dupre
85619 Activity Points

I think that students learn best when they are exposed to visuals because they are able to have a better understanding of the lesson. In this case, you can read them various books about weather, so that they can start to understand what it really means. I know it can be confusing because they are learning various things that can interfere with their learning, but exposing them to the unit more can really help them observe. The use of songs can also be helpful in this case, so that they can differentiate weather and seasons.

Karen Rivas
Karen Rivas
835 Activity Points

I think going over the weather everyday in the morning during calendar can help with that. Just like you would go over the month of the year you are on, also have the season you are on as well. Have students look outside and tell you what the weather is like for the day. Incorporate vocabulary words such as rainy, windy, cloudy, sunny, snowy, cold, hot, warm etc. Explain that a season last a few months at a time but weather can change constantly throughout that month. Do explain though that there are certain patterns that we see in spring, summer, fall and winter. Hope this helps!

Daniela Morales
Daniela Morales
485 Activity Points

I think having a weatherman as a class job would be a fun idea to teach the students about weather patterns. Every day when doing calendar, the students will be able to see the different kinds of weather there is.

Kathy Nguyen
Kathy Nguyen
1015 Activity Points

The daily calendar would be great to help you. Talk about the date and weather with students every day.

Lingling Xing
Lingling Xing
1240 Activity Points

Hi Arielle, I am student teaching in a Kindergarten classroom and for our daily morning routine, I always ask them to look out the window and tell me what the weather is like outside. Once they answer, I ask them to explain why they think that, or why is is not........ We also have a weather graph, so that incorporates math into it. Something else that we do with weather is dress our little "student". By doing this every morning, my students are able to make predictions, graph, and explain things about the weather that day.

JENNIFER GARCIA
JENNIFER GARCIA
1045 Activity Points

One way to incorporate weather into kindergarten is to use a daily weather graph in the math area. Where I student teach, the teacher graphs how the weather is everyday after the math calendar. She asks a student everyday how the weather is and then graphs it on a pocket graph. She starts it over every month. There is also a section on the math calendar to predict the weather for the next day.

THU TA
THU TA
795 Activity Points

Hi Arielle, As a Floridian, I can totally sympathize with you, as it can be difficult to teach young children this concept when they are really only experiencing hot, sunny weather year-round. After I observed a kindergarten classroom for my field placement this semester, I have understood the importance of incorporating weather-speak every day. This means creating fun ways to talk about the weather and instilling the meaning of it through songs and repetition. I think oftentimes kindergarten classrooms discuss the weather separately from the seasons, but it could be beneficial to add the season you are in with your class while also talking about the days of the week, the month, the letter of the week, the colors, etc. For example, you can say "we are in the month of April! April takes place in the Spring" and do this every day so that children understand what months fall under which season, and then eventually attach the weather with this. My students also created weather wheels similar to this: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/456904324680779002/ that they were able to follow along with and it helps them understand the various types of weather in a more concrete way. Good luck! - Samantha

Samantha Ford
Samantha Ford
790 Activity Points

Great post! Maybe reading picture books about weather and showing pictures online through your projector different pictures of different weather patterns. Also, take them outside and specifically talk about the weather, all throughout the school year. Continually ask them about what weather is happening currently, and require them to have discourse about the weather. Ask them how they feel today about the weather. Have them draw pictures of the weather. Maybe some of these suggestions can help the littles understand weather. Although, if they are in Texas, it will be confusing for them (as it is for me) almost everyday! :) Hehe!

Julie Wylie
Julie Wylie
595 Activity Points

My students are pre-kindergarteners and when our class has a discussion and activity about weather and seasons - I usually start with the broad topic that seasons have different weather since some do not have prior knowledge of weather patterns.  I then go into more detail about each season separately.  I usually touch on seasons at the beginning of the school year so I start with fall.  When I introduce a season, I like to start with an anchor chart we fill out together and a bag full of manipulatives related to fall (leaves, acorn, pumpkins, seeds) that I can pull out to touch on more.  For instance when a child says leaves, I can bring out different color of leaves to show them and go into more discussion about the changing colors.  I have noticed that students like to think of non-weather related seasons but when that happens I just give a little push in the right directions and ask what changes do you feel when walking to school from when they were not in school- since it is fresh in their minds.  I hope this helps.  Good luck on weather patterns.

Jessica Philipp
Jessica Philipp
5479 Activity Points

That's a difficult thing to teach students, especially kindergarteners, to know the difference between seasons and weather. Like many others have said, I think talking about the weather every single day as part of your "circle/carpet time" would be a great place to start. Having students or 1 student look out the window or whatever and tell what the weather is like each day helps involve the students and make them apart of it. You can also keep track of the temperature each day. While doing this each day, every day throughout the school year, you could also include a science unit or chapter over seasons, just teaching and explaining what seasons are and what kinds of weather you have in those seasons, which states have what seasons and what time of the year (which months) your state has what season. Weather can be such a fun and interesting thing for students. Good luck and I hope this helps!

Kirstie Amburgey
Kirstie Amburgey
378 Activity Points

I believe the best start to help Kindergarten students learn about the difference is by using an anchor chart. In my classroom, we had an open discussion about different types of weathers, but some of my students did name seasons as types of weather.


Two different ideas I came up with to teach the difference between weather and seasons are:


  • Expand the anchor chart by adding types of weathers that occur under certain seasons. This way students can see the difference visually and start to categorize them. For example, snowy weather falls under winter, and windy weather falls under fall, etc. 

  • Season and weather sensory bottles, I saw these on Pinterest and wanted to make them with my students. This would be helpful for students to learn the parts of each weather and seasons like snowy weather has snowflakes, and windy weather has leaves blowing. The student can also keep them as reminders, refer back to them, and the little display could be tied into their writing! 

Lindsey Huynh
Lindsey Huynh
400 Activity Points

Hey Arielle! I think kindergarten is a great time to introduce weather concepts to children because it also incorporates using their senses to make observations and learn about what science truly is. I agree with others that introducing the names of the seasons and touching on them everyday using a weather chart is probably a good idea. When you discuss the weather with them in the morning, it might help them differentiate if you clearly say the season and then ask them what the weather is like. Once they observe that some days are sunny, others are rainy, etc. while the seasons remain the same, they might have a firmer grasp of these weather concepts. It could also help to discuss the four seasons through rhymes and picture storybooks and talk about key characteristics like leaves falling in autumn and snow in winter. Having them create an art piece where they write something given a sentence stem like "My favorite season is _______" or draw a tree in the four seasons can also aid their understanding. Going on nature walks occasionally and then having students describe the weather during the walk can help them understand it is more short-term. Hope this helps!

Rida Rangoonwala
Rida Rangoonwala
390 Activity Points

Hi Arielle, While I was doing some observations for my pre-teaching semester, I observed a teacher in kindergarten. While I was there, the teacher was working with two different anchor charts. One anchor chart was divided into the four seasons and with the students help, the teacher would draw pictures of activities that could be done in a specific season. The second chart was set up as a calendar. For each day, the teacher would assign a student to be the Weatherperson. Their job was to describe the what they thought the weather looked and felt like. While the student presented the "weather report", the teacher would place pre-cutout pictures of what the students described. For this specific day, there was a sun, cloud, and wind cutout. Throughout the previous days of the calendar, there were also raindrops and jacket pictures with umbrellas and raincoats. These are just some ideas that I observed.

Eddy Martinez
Eddy Martinez
1110 Activity Points

I am a student teacher and last year when I was in a kindergarten classroom my mentor teacher selected a different student each day to be in charge of telling the class about the weather. The student who was in charge of talking about the weather had to use specific vocabulary that was taught, such as rainy, foggy, sunny, hot, and cold. It is also good idea to use a weather chart with picture for those that are visual learners.

Samantha Kalmick
Samantha Kalmick
500 Activity Points

In my kinder class, my mentor teacher has the students describe the weather and because they are bilingual students, they have to say both English and Spanish words. The teacher then has them practice writing the words themselves on the whiteboards. Afterwards, they have the chance to explore their favorite weather by creating a drawing and writing a sentence on what weather the like.

Brenda Villarreal
Brenda Villarreal
684 Activity Points

My kinders also confuse weather AS a season rather than a pattern of the season. It doesn't help that the seasonal patterns where we live are not very delineated. The kinders also confuse sunshine with summer and hot temperatures. The teachers found it helpful to track the weather patterns over a period of time on a chart, either as a class, or individually and discuss any patterns they see. The little ones seem to understand seasons by events rather than weather. It is important to remember that we are building a foundational understanding of weather patterns and there will be misconceptions.

Julie Neidhardt
Juie Juie Neidhardt
185 Activity Points

Here is a link to a collection of resources found in the Learning Center about weather. http://learningcenter.nsta.org/my_learning_center/my_library.aspx?cid=HqMqduMpcPo_E

Betty Paulsell
Betty Paulsell
48540 Activity Points

Wow, this is a very nice collection. I had been looking for such resources, thank you. This will help a lot later on.

Roxana Rivas
Roxana Rivas
1310 Activity Points

I like your collections. I would definitely look at them all.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

Children love animals. Maybe a good place to start is the transition between fall and winter, since those are the most drastic. Perhaps focusing on bears hibernating through the winter. A great, simple book to tie the seasons together with hibernation is OLD BEAR. It has vivid pictures and descriptions to show the students the seasons.

Magaly Perez
Magaly Perez
1105 Activity Points

I never even thought about typing animals into the weather. I could see it as a way to teach seasons. But as just the basics of teaching weather, I think that it would be more conducive to teach just the types of weather first, especially because they are kindergarten. And perhaps after they are masters at the characteristics, types of weather, and reasons behind weather (reasons for patterns) to then introduce seasons, using animals and how they relate to the weather.

Arielle Conger
Arielle Conger
510 Activity Points

Magaly, That is a really great idea! I didn't even think about animals, but they are such an interest for young children! It could also lead to discussions about other science topics, like why are polar bears so what and furry? How are other animals, like seals and penguins, able to live in areas that are really cold?

Ashley Mancuso
Ashley Mancuso
2310 Activity Points

As many other people have mentioned I also never thought of tying in animals to weather! It seems like it would be common sense, but unfortunately I treat these two contents almost separately. Thanks for sharing!

Monica Rendon
Monica Rendon
1280 Activity Points

This is an awesome suggestion. I love that book. I think it would be interesting to teach this concept to students as well. Thanks for sharing it!

Uroosa Hussain
Uroosa Hussain
1750 Activity Points

Do you think it would be too confusing for children who don't know about many animals yet? I wonder if they don't know about bears hibernating, or other climate specific animals that it would be more confusing.

Taylor Deason
Taylor Deason
160 Activity Points

Hi Arielle,
There is an excellent book chapter called "Cloud Watchers" that is in a 5E format lesson on weather for young children: http://learningcenter.nsta.org/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/9781936959136.48
Carolyn

Carolyn Mohr
Carolyn Mohr
79623 Activity Points

That looks like an interesting book. I will definitely take a look at it and read it.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

Thanks for sharing. I love using 5E with my students...even if it is required in my district!

Marion Harvey
Marion Harvey
1000 Activity Points

Tie in clouds to the water cycle. Have students create and mimick clouds with shaving cream.

Carmen Cruz
Carmen Cruz
2125 Activity Points

Creating a cloud with shaving cream is a good idea. Another way to create the cloud is to use the cottons.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

Backing up to the response of someone mentioning about using animals as an example to explain to kids about weathers and season, I think that is the route to go. Children do in fact love animals and by using their habitations on how they go round about with their lives base around the environmental season around them. From winter to summer, it is a classic way to break the information down into small pieces.

Austin Arredondo
Austin Arredondo
1540 Activity Points

I think learning about the animals is good idea to teach for all grade levels.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

I am attaching LC articles about weather that you might find useful. Adah


Weather Collection
(25 items)
Teaching through Trade Books: Weather Watchers
     -Journal Article
Getting into ENSO
     -Journal Article
On Observing the Weather
     -Journal Article

Adah Stock
Adah Stock
101490 Activity Points

Thanks Adah, this resource collection was very useful in creating my lessons!

Arielle Conger
Arielle Conger
510 Activity Points

Adah- How do you link collections to posts? I haven't figured that out yet. Thank you, Naomi Beverly

Naomi Beverly
Naomi Beverly
19130 Activity Points

Thanks, Adah. Your resource that you included is very useful to read through.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

Thank you so much for sharing these resources. I always have a difficult time trying to find weather lessons, so these resources are definitely very helpful!!

Thanh Nguyen
Thanh Nguyen
1185 Activity Points

Betty, thanks for the link. For a soon to be teacher I found this to be very helpful. Mike

Michael McComish
Michael McComish
1500 Activity Points

WOW! Awesome, I will take these recourses in for consideration. Thanks!

Austin Arredondo
Austin Arredondo
1540 Activity Points

I like the input that is posted on this forum. I'm currently a student teacher in kindergarten, and we discuss weather daily during group time. We have a chart that has a variety of weather types, and I ask the student's to tell me what the weather was like when they left their house in the morning. After a brief discussion we come up with an agreement on the weather, and that is what it is shown for the day. I think it is important to get them involved early because he gets them thinking and investigating not only during school, but away from school as well.

Traci Silverthorn
Traci Silverthorn
2610 Activity Points

I like the idea of making a chart of 4 weathers. I used to work as a Kindergarten aide and we have done something similar to what you were saying. We used manila paper to fold into 4. Then each students gets a green, red, orange and white to teach each into tiny pieces and scrunch them before decorating on the tree, Before they start that, they have to draw a tree in each season (Fall, winter, spring, summer) then glue those tiny paper on the tree. For instance, under fall, the students orange and red on the tree. On winter, the student glue white tiny paper on the tree or ground, and so forth.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

Try implementing the daily weather every morning during calendar time in order to get them accustomed to the difference between weather and season.

Viviana Haynes
Viviana Haynes
1415 Activity Points

I used to work as a kindergarten aide and we did something similar to that. Every week, we have different students to be a weather person. So during calendars, the weather person take a step outside to see if it's sunny, rainy, cold, or windy. Then the teacher place the arrow on one of the weather during the daily basis.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

I taught this unit to first graders last year. I transitioned from one season to the next to see what students already knew and had an interest in. We usually did a read aloud with a follow up activity. There is a really great song on youtube called, Hows the weather. I had my students make signs out of paper plates and popsicle sticks to depict a certain aspect of weather, such as snow or rain.

Nicole Shouse
Nicole Shouse
1290 Activity Points

I think using the popsicle stick is a good idea other than drawing pictures on the construction paper. I like the idea of showing students a youtube video of different weather.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

I found this resource for another post in Elementary forum
Might find this useful

Firsthand Nature
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/product_detail.aspx?id=10.2505/4/sc07_044_08_48
It’s no secret that many school programs don’t give children enough opportunity to explore the natural world—i.e., to “mess about” and to have firsthand experience with nature and animals. Not so at the Muscota New School in New York City! This innovative public elementary school actively promotes inquiry-based learning and encourages teachers to use creative methods in the classroom to help children study the natural world around them. In this article, we share the experience of a teacher and her students over the course of two years (kindergarten and first grade) as they explored nature through direct observation of animals in the classroom, child-centered inquiry science, and school-sponsored field trips. As the years progressed, so did students’ learning. Not only did students develop scientific literacy and com

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The author explains how kindergarten and first grade children progressed from making passive observations to being able to look for and document evidence of the world around them. Student-driven questions were investigated using resources such as the Internet and fiction books. Caterpillars, for example, were kept in the classroom to provide opportunities for observation and hypothesis-making while a stream table was utilized to simulate a dam constructed by beavers. Although this article does not include specific directions for activities for your classroom, it will nevertheless spur you to using the outdoors as a way to develop curiosity and process skills for budding scientists.

Arlene Jurewicz-Leighton
Arlene Jurewicz Leighton
42030 Activity Points

Thanks for posting this! Very interesting and helpful! :)

Zulaika Reyes
Zulaika Reyes
2615 Activity Points

Back in my elementary days, we have actually got to go on a Field trip to the zoo and it was fun to learn about different types of animal and they show information about the wild animals and many more in different section. Then they talk about where the animal is originally from.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

Arielle-
Here's a link I found to a Ucal-San Diego unit on teaching weather to 3-6 year olds, which may work for your Kinders.

All the best,
Naomi Beverly

Naomi Beverly
Naomi Beverly
19130 Activity Points

Thanks for posting this! Very interesting and helpful! :)

Zulaika Reyes
Zulaika Reyes
2615 Activity Points

I think the link is very useful. Thank you!

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

Hello everyone, The concept of weather and seasons can be very tricky for young children and it can be difficult to teach about winter for instance because children in Florida do not experience snow. Going on a "nature walk" helps make the connection during fall when they see all the leaves falling and changing colors as well as spring with flowers. Summer in the sunshine state would be the easiest to teach.

Mayleen Cardenas
Mayleen Cardenas
2460 Activity Points

Mayleen-- You make a great point. I think for kids with no real life experience that it's really important to simulate real life as much as possible via multi-sensory means. Watching videos, making "snow" etc. would really benefit them. Naomi Beverly

Naomi Beverly
Naomi Beverly
19130 Activity Points

I definitely agree with the fact that summer is easy teach. Beside, I heard that Florida is known as sunshine state.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

A lot of good ideas here. I wish we still had the time during the day to even talk about weather.

Kevin Nguyen
Kevin Nguyen
1575 Activity Points

Kevin- How is the administration at your school when it comes to scheduling? We were not able to ensure protected Science time until the admin made it a requirement to dedicate a segment of time daily to Science instruction. Before, we fit it in when we could...with pretty predictable results. All the best, Naomi Beverly

Naomi Beverly
Naomi Beverly
19130 Activity Points

This discussion is sooo cool.Lots of great ideas have been shared. I am going to share the link to the weather collection I created for the Kindergarten web seminar on weather.
Weather Resources for Kindergarten.

Interesting you are talking about patterns because that is a big piece of what we talked abut in the web seminar. Have you watched it yet/ if not I recommend it.It often helps to see what it looks like in the classroom and there is a video of a kindergarten class learning about weather.
Here is the link to the web seminar:
Kindergarten Learning About Weather

I hope this is helpful. If not please ask, I love helping and I learn so much from others.

Kathy

Kathy Renfrew
Kathleen Renfrew
33445 Activity Points

Thanks for posting this! Very interesting and helpful! :)

Zulaika Reyes
Zulaika Reyes
2615 Activity Points

That is a good idea!!

Larosa Etienne
Larosa Etienne
1220 Activity Points

The links are very helpful. Thank you for posting.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

Thanks for posting this! Very interesting and helpful! :)

Katherine Jurisich
Katherine Jurisich
1365 Activity Points

I've seen teacher's do mini weather books that show different pictures of each season. They also used the 5 senses to help the students figure out the season. For example, in the winter I feel cold. Simple statements like that, something that the child can relate and have schema on. (Pinterest has great examples! ) Hope it helps.

Lolita Benitez
Lolita Benitez
1580 Activity Points

Thanks for posting this! Very interesting and helpful! :)

Zulaika Reyes
Zulaika Reyes
2615 Activity Points

Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

Monica Rendon
Monica Rendon
1280 Activity Points

I agree with using a Pinterest. They have so many good ideas that we can use and teach students in class.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

The mini weather book sounds interesting... I think it is good for Kindergarten cause they can draw in it and color them

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

For little kids please model the information that the students need to learn.

Zulaika Reyes
Zulaika Reyes
2615 Activity Points

That is the most important part is to model what the student needs to learn. I have learned that I, as a teacher, have to introduce the lesson and activities.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

To allow students to grasp this concept you can have a weather corner with a tree and change the tree according to the season and adding velcro leaves or taking them away if needed (winter). You can also add the sun or snow depending on the weather and season.

Serena Dhukka
Serena Dhukka
1630 Activity Points

It sounded like the four corner game. I think that having each season in 4 corner is a great idea.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

This is a great post. I am student teaching in a pre-kindergarten classroom and the students discuss the weather everyday during calendar time. My teacher and I often ask the students to describe the weather versus just saying it is windy, cloudy, sunny, etc. This past week I just read A Bear for All Seasons by Dianne Marcial Fuchs. This story is great for teaching the students about the seasons.

Stephanie Barrera
Stephanie Barrera
2405 Activity Points

Stephanie, I have been thinking about the Kindergarten standards for weather and patterns and I just thought of a potential engineering challenge connected to the content where students are engaged in science and engineering practices. Challenge young children to build a "rain collector" where they can collect data about precipitation. If you keep track over time,students could see and discuss patterns they see. Children will need guidance to design their rain collector. They will also need your guidance. Pose the problem to the children and put out the materials, let them design a collector. The actually test out the collector. Maybe it will need to be revised...great...help them keep working at it all the while developing "stickwithitness" better know as perseverance or grit. Just a few random thoughts on a NGSS Monday :-) Kathy

Kathy Renfrew
Kathleen Renfrew
33445 Activity Points

I never heard of that book, but I'm definitely going to check it out.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

We have a weather person each day in our class. They check the weather outside and we record what they say on our weather graph.

Brooke Raney
Brooke Raney
1485 Activity Points

Hi Brooke, This sounds great. What do the children do with the data they collect? I have a picture of weather data that was collected by a grade 1 class all year long. Kathy

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Kathy Renfrew
Kathleen Renfrew
33445 Activity Points

That is a great idea. You can keep track of the weather on certain days and see which weather has the most for 1 month. And you can do the same for another month. Or you can make this little weather icon and place it on the calendar for each days.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

This objective is coming up soon for me. I am in a first grade class, what I am planning to do for a week activity is give the students a recording sheet for that week I teach about weather where they will record what type of weather is it in the morning, during the day and at night. Then we will discuss them during our science time and have two students give us a brief report/broadcast. I am hoping this goes well and helps the students better understand weather.

Roxana Puga
Roxana Puga
1380 Activity Points

That is a great idea. You can also create this little icon for the calendar to keep track of whether it was cold or hot, snowy, rainy, and so forth.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

This is kind of similar to what my CT does daily. She has a meteorologist job, and they determine what the weather was when they got to school, and they mark it on the class recording sheet flipchart slide. All the students see it and can make observations, easily integrating math as they compare how many x days there have been compared to y days.

Samantha Coyle
Samantha Coyle
2245 Activity Points

Also, great for using a recording sheet! A lot better than a plain old worksheet. Maybe have the students draw the weather AND describe it with words! Could hit some more objectives with this, and help them practice skills.

Samantha Coyle
Samantha Coyle
2245 Activity Points

You can teach students about weather using cotton balls. I taught a lesson on the different types of cloud such as, stratus and cumulus; and I had students show me how each cloud looks using cotton balls. They showed the different types of clouds on a sheet of construction paper.

Sibnish Ali
Sibnish Ali
2570 Activity Points

I've done something like that in my student teaching, where we create our favorite cloud with cotton ball and stick it in our chart to see which one has the most.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

Incorporate a word wall that entails words that describe the weather, such as foggy, humid, cloudy, sunny etc.

Connie Davidson
Connie Davidson
800 Activity Points

I think the word wall is a good idea. It can help them understand and memorized. You can set up the category Summer, Fall , Winter, and Spring, and place the word that describes the weather.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

The best way to teach weather to children would be to use real life experiences such as how things change outside when transitioning to the four different seasons.

Tristana Guyote
Tristana Guyote
850 Activity Points

I think the real life example is the good idea. It keeps students more engage to the lesson about the weather.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

I think if you can incorporate songs with movements or little experiments with the seasons and explain how they are different from each other students will be able to grasp the material a little more.

Christina Manriquez
Christina Manriquez
1190 Activity Points

I think that is a great idea. When I observed students in a fifth grade class they were learning about weather and they all had chants and short songs to remember the different kinds of weather they could see. It makes the material more engaging and easier for the students to remember.

Emily Pierson
Emily Pierson
1370 Activity Points

Incorporating the songs and movement is a great idea. It is also good for Kindergarten students to learn since they like to move around a lot.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

Kindergarteners love to draw and to talk about their drawings. Reading a poem or a book with the students about different kinds of weather could be a good introduction to weather for the class. Then you could talk about different simple kinds of weather (sunny, rainy, etc.) The students could tie in their own experiences from different kind of weather by creating a picture and then writing a sentence about their own experience. The students could then share their own experiences with different types of weather to the class.

Emily Pierson
Emily Pierson
1370 Activity Points

I agree with the part where Kindergarten loves to draw. They also like to color as well. They can also chose their favorite weather and draw a picture of it. Afterward, they can share it to their classmate.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

As a teacher, you can explain to students that there are four different seasons and each season has different weather. The teacher can explain that there are different characteristics for each. For example, the season of Fall or Autumn is called Fall because the temperature is starting to cool off from Summer and the leaves start to fall to the ground. They then can explain that in Winter it is very cold and the trees become very bare. The teacher can also explain that during Winter in most parts of our country it snow. The teacher should also emphasize that a season last for several months. So it will probably be beneficial to review the months of the year prior to teaching the seasons.

Mayara Cofresi
Mayara Cofresi
725 Activity Points

I really liked what your shared, thanks!

Martalicia Becerra
Martalicia Becerra
1795 Activity Points

I really liked what you shared, thanks!

Martalicia Becerra
Martalicia Becerra
1795 Activity Points

I enjoy reading you post and thanks for sharing.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

I want to try to keep a classroom weather journal in my future classroom to keep track of the weather each day. We could discuss the weather of the day at the beginning of class. I would keep a journal so we could go back and compare the weather from previous days, weeks, or months.

Dennishia Bailey
Dennishia Bailey
1300 Activity Points

Writing a journal is a great idea of keeping track of the weather on daily basis. I think it can be good for 2nd graders,

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

This is a great resource for weather! I enjoy reading and learning about everyone's ideas and tips! I will have to take everything into consideration for my future classroom.

Liliana Garcia
Liliana Garcia
1335 Activity Points

In my kindergarten class, the students learned about the different seasons, one a day, then we created a tree map for each season, with different categories: what we see, what we do, what we wear. These categories tied into the weather and we had discussions such as, "in the summer, it is hot and sunny...we can go swimming...we wear shorts, bathing suits, sandalls." We had group discussion as well as turn and talk discussions, then for independent practice, they each created a 4 page book with 1) it feels...2) I can wear...3) I can go...4) I see...

Sandra Gonzalez
Sandra Gonzalez
960 Activity Points

I love this idea! This activity is such a great way to connect what the students are learning in class to their lives. I bet your students love to share their answers for each of these categories. I'd love to do something like this someday!

Katherine Tomaselli
Katherine Tomaselli
1940 Activity Points

I think that's a brilliant idea. You can do foldable where you can assign groups. Each group can write down the characteristics of each weather. For instance, one group can write about summer. What we can do during the summer like "going to the beach, go on vacation to Florida, go swimming", for winter, we can "go ice skating" and so forth.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

Hello, I have seen teachers associate one specific thing to each season, for example a brown leaf for fall and a sun for summer. This can be posted in the room under a "Season" anchor chart. There are many songs that you can also use for the attainment of seasons. Also you can use holidays to connect the seasons. Children typically love holidays so connecting them to seasons usually works very well!

Kiara Garcia
Kiara Garcia
1170 Activity Points

I have seen first graders watches the video about different types of weather from the school, where I used to work at. Kindergarten is more interested in watching the video and they enjoy listening to the song about different types of weather.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

I love the idea of weather songs! My kindergarten students seem to learn songs quickly, and they enjoy them. It's also a great brain break because they can get up and do movements with the song. I'm sure you could find plenty on YouTube, and hopefully one that you like. A concern to keep in mind though is whether they have only learned and memorized the song, or if they have pulled the information out.

Samantha Coyle
Samantha Coyle
2245 Activity Points

You could start off by teaching them the Water Cycle then go on and teaching them the seasons by using a visual (ie Sesame Street vid) to engage them in an activity.

Larosa Etienne
Larosa Etienne
1220 Activity Points

Sesame Street reminds of my childhood days. It was one of my favorite show back then. The show never gets old and it's still good for kids to watch. You could also have students to watch other educational shows like Magic School Bus.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

Thank you Adah for sharing your collection! And I love the thought of tying in animals with weather. Regarding clouds, we (Kindergarten) recently did a foldable booklet with 6 different tabs with various clouds. Within each tab the students named the cloud, described the cloud and created the cloud with cotton balls glued down.

Amy Damiani
Amy Damiani
1640 Activity Points

My kiddos had the chance to make their own cumulus cloud with cotton balls, which they then described in writing. I think a foldable idea is good - maybe even have a book. A cloud a day! It would give them a way to compare the clouds, and seeing how they make their cloud (does it look accurate) could serve as an assessment.

Samantha Coyle
Samantha Coyle
2245 Activity Points

Maybe you can do a compare and contrast activity where they all give you examples of what each season is like so that they can think through it themselves.

Victoria Rodriguez
Victoria Alvarez
1215 Activity Points

You can also make a graph to compare and contrast as well.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

I like Linda's idea. I will definitely use what Linda suggested.  I was thinking of a Venn Diagram. 

Saif Sattani
Saif Sattani
1720 Activity Points

I think it might help to quickly discuss the weather every day, possibly during calendar time. Weather can be tricky because different parts of the world experience weather in varying degrees. I think it is best to discuss that with students so that they do not have any misconceptions. Brain pop jr. https://cdn-jr.brainpop.com/science/weather/ has some great resources for younger students!

KIm Nguyen
Kim Nguyen
1005 Activity Points

In the first grade class that I do my student teaching in, I have seen students watch brain pop jr about the weather.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

From what I have been taught - make sure a brain pop video isn't serving as your engagement because of all the content it contains. Often videos are thought to be a hook, but it's untrue!

Samantha Coyle
Samantha Coyle
2245 Activity Points

Great thought! Students always love Brainpop videos. They are a great resource!

Katelynn Kraner
Katelynn Kraner
715 Activity Points

Perhaps you can talk about the weather every day and the different types of weather one experiences by using manipulatives and even videos. You can also compare the weather in each season and what things you can do during that season.

Maria Nolasco
Maria Nolasco
1850 Activity Points

There are so many videos that you can look into about the weather.

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

One of my classroom jobs is a meteorologist, and so this is a great way to get the students thinking about weather everyday instead of just when the need to teach it occurs. It is an easy portion just to add in during calendar, or after announcements depending on the age of your students. Activities are another way, which can be an integration of literacy and science. We read books about weather during the topic, and we discuss our favorite weather and the seasons. I think the big part in being able to be successful in this is just exposing them to weather constantly, and using a variety of terminology.

Samantha Coyle
Samantha Coyle
2245 Activity Points

Hi, In addition to reading books I encourage you to do demonstrations. These are always fun for children to see "magic" happen in the classroom. Here is a link to one that I love when teaching about rain! http://simplysecondgrade.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-water-cycle-clouds.html Hope this helps.

Brittany Johnson
Brittany Johnson
1540 Activity Points

I just looked at the link and I think it is a cool way to teach students by using the object to make clouds

Linda Ngo
Linda Ngo
2735 Activity Points

Cut out weather maps from the paper.... Compare different sources

Daniel Carroll
Daniel Carroll
18550 Activity Points

Hello, I am currently completing field experience in a second grade classroom. I am teaching students weather standards. My host teacher has not yet covered the concept of weather with students yet. My first lesson is pretty basic, I will be completing a KWL chart with students to get a general idea of what they think weather is and any questions they may have. Students will then be going outside and completing a weather observation : Is it hot outside? Cold? Damp? Windy? Snow on the ground? Puddles anywhere? etc. We will then be coming back inside to discuss their observations and defining weather and why it is important to know the weather. Farther along in the unit, I will be introducing temperature and precipitation to students. I realize you are asking for a Kindergarten classroom; however, I think the lesson I described is pretty basic and may be adapted for a Kindergarten classroom. Students will be using their 5 senses to observe what they think the weather is like. Also keeping a daily weather chart for students.

Shelby Rearick
Shelby Rearick
470 Activity Points

I love that idea, and agree that it could be adapted for kindergarten. I think it could actually be adapted for any grade level. It's interactive, and it makes the students responsible for part of the learning. Awesome way to also engage the students and see what they know in terms of vocabulary and identification.

Samantha Coyle
Samantha Coyle
2245 Activity Points

Just realized that planning for this lesson requires paying attention to the weather yourself. Don't want to take kids out when it is storming outside, especially if they don't have cover or are not dressed for it!

Samantha Coyle