Fabulous Weather Dayby: Candice Marshall and H. Michael Mogil

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Each year, first graders at Kensington Parkwood Elementary School in Kensington, Maryland, look forward to Fabulous Weather Day. After studying weather for three months, we celebrate what we have learned and stretch our thinking further into the weather world around us! Students learn how meteorologists collect data about the weather, how they study wind, temperature, precipitation, basic types/characteristics of clouds, and how they forecast. The project helps the students grow in their understanding of how the weather works and how it can affect their lives. Our unit focused on guiding students to formulate explanations about animals based on scientific evidence.

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  • on Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:16 PM

Overall I truly enjoyed reading this article. I think it is amazing that these first graders were afforded the opportunity to work with a real meteorologist! I think that the activities included in this article were well thought out because they were inclusive to students from all learning modalities. There were activities for visual learners, auditory learners as well as tactile kinesthetic learners. I think that these activities included in the article could be adapted to any grade level within K-6. I definitely recommend this article.


  • on Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:22 PM

I loved the idea of this "weather day". I think it was an excellent way to make weather interesting and visible to the students. It also is a good way to observe what they retain. This is a great idea!

Rachel S  (Pocatello, ID)
Rachel S (Pocatello, ID)

  • on Wed Feb 09, 2011 9:59 AM

This article from Science and Children describes a field trip for first graders after they have spent time learning about weather with four sessions about sun and clouds, water cycle, wind, and storms. The article provides information on all four sessions and also about preparing for the field trip. There is a section for follow up ideas as well as one for future changes. This could be used for students up to maybe third grade.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:50 AM

This article provided beneficial and informational content that would allow me to use similar ideas with my students. I like how it allowed for students to be interactive in their learning and become scientists on their own. The article explained that the children learned the information and studied the content prior to doing the research and their own hands-on learning. I believe this is a great resource for elementary teachers when planning a unit on weather.


  • on Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:45 PM

The article provides a summary of what one school does to learn about the weather. With the help of outsiders and parents, kids learn about the formation of clouds, measuring the wind, and so on primarily by demonstration. Though the activities are high-quality, I think the kids may have understood weather phenomena better had they built a class weather station, and recorded and predicted weather based on their observations. In addition, they would be honing their higher-level thinking skills. Some of the activities could be adapted to a group setting, and expanded to provide a better forum for inquiry.

Jennifer Rahn  (Delafield, WI)
Jennifer Rahn (Delafield, WI)

  • on Fri Mar 11, 2011 6:05 PM

This article outlines the logistical and instructional steps you would need to take to put on a weather celebration at your school. I like the organization and structure the teachers have put into this event. Students are required to record what they learned in each session in a weather notebook. In the water cycle station, teacher should emphasize the cyclical nature of the stages of water as opposed to focusing on evaporation and condensation.

Kate Geer  (Louisville, CO)
Kate Geer (Louisville, CO)

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