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Weather Ideas

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Julia Osuna Julia Osuna 420 Points

I am thinking about doing lessons centered around weather for my student teaching. They are kindergarteners and I was wondering if there are any good books to present to them? Or, are there any anchoring events that will engage them into the topic?

Alisa Kunhavijit Alisa Kunhavijit 2600 Points

Hi Julia, I think a great book for weather would be What Will the Weather Be? by Lynda DeWitt. The book is age appropriate for kindergartens and it would be a great introduction to weather. The book talks about how hard it is to predict weather, so to go along with that book, you could have the students keep a journal of the weather for a whole week. Then they would create predictions for the weather for the following week. It would be a great activity to go along with the book about weather and predicting weather. Another activity you can do is after reading the story, go over the different types of weather. Then the students can go and make their own weather book. Every day in class, you could start off with a discussion on how the weather is that day and the students could use their weather books as a reference. Hope this helps! Best, Alisa

Neena Paul Neena Paul 1335 Points

That sounds really exciting! I've always enjoyed Curious George (there is one on weather called Curious George - Rain or Shine) and I think it would be a great read for a kindergarten classroom depending on their literacy development. In a pre-school classroom I observed, the students during the week of their weather unit, met as class and looked out the window to describe what they saw - really simple but they really enjoyed the activity. Then they took their observations and as a class defined it as a weather category. Good Luck with your lesson!

Julia Osuna Julia Osuna 420 Points

WOW! That's extremely helpful, thank you for your input!

Megan Essman Megan Essman 1255 Points

Also some fun things to do is show them how wind works with bubbles! They can see how the wind blows them in a certain direction! Also another cool idea is keep a class rain gauge and have them observe how much rain actually falls from the sky! Take them out to see the gauge whenever it rains. With the third graders I've been working with, whenever it rains its the first thing they ask to do! 

Shereen AbdelJaber Shereen AbdelJaber 945 Points

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