What is the Weather Like Today?
This is a lesson plan intended for Kindergarten Science Standard 1.1. It will help you teach the basics of observable weather. It includes a simple graph that can be printed out so your students can track the weather over several days.
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In class lesson to teach students about basic weather. Terms will include sunny, cloudy, windy, rainy, snowy, hot, warm, cold
For younger elementary. Focus on Kindergarten Science Standard.
The class will be filling out a graph over an extended amount of time to show how weather changes over time.
Background for Teachers
- To teach this lesson, you will need a basic understanding of a few weather words: sunny, cloudy, windy, rainy, snowy, hot, warm, cold
- You need to be able to demonstrate and teach students how to track the daily weather on a graph that will be completed as a class over several days.
- Click here for a basic weather description found on Gale in Context.
Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes
- Students will be able to "Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about local, observable weather conditions to describe patterns over time." (Science K.1.1)
- Students will record observable weather conditions on a graph.
Step 2 - Planning Instruction
- Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding that weather changes. Sometimes it's different everyday, and sometimes its takes several days to observe different weather.
Step 3 - Instruction
Begin by introducing the word "weather". Have students share what they know or think they know about weather. Tell students how they will learn about weather and also learn to record the weather every day.
- Show this video found on Gale in Context with no sound. The object is for students just to observe the different weather they see in the video, without being told what it is. (Also, the video has some vocabulary that is a bit advanced for kindergarten that they don't need right now). Pause the video occassionally for studetns to pair-share what they are observing in the weather video.
- After the video, do a whole-group share of what the yobserved throughout the video. Write on the board when you hear these words in their descriptions: hot, warm, cold, sunny, cloudy, rainy, snowy.
- Explain how hot, warm, and cold is the weather my feel to us. Explain that the other words (sunny, cloudy, rainy, snowy) are the words we are going to use when we describe what we are seeing(observing)
- Hand out these pages (only the 2nd and 4th, because those are the ones dealing with weather) fond through EBSCO Explora to the students. As a class you will read the story The Day the Weather Went Wild.
- What is the weather like today? Invite students to give their input on what they are observing out the window for today's weather. Is it like it was yesterday, or different? As a class deside on one word to describe today's weather: sunny, cloudy, partly cloudy, windy, rainy, or snowy.
- Now show the graph (PDF attachment) you will be using as a class to record the daily weather for the next month (or however ong you decide).
- Demonstrate how the students will be filling out the graph each day. They will each have their own copy, and there will be a big poster print of it hanging in the classroom that will be done for the class by students taking turns. (Each student's graph should actually match the large graph, as long as they are doing it every day as they should) Weather observing and graphing may become part of the class morning routine/meeting, or the end of the day, right after or before lunch, etc.
- End by having studetns do the other page, Dress for the Weather, that was given them.
- --Extras: Here is another story through Gale in Context you could read. --Students could draw or write about their favorite weather. --Assign small groups to use CultureGrams to learn about the weather (Land and Climate section) in other countries and parts of the world
Step 4 - Assessments
- Throughout the lesson, teacher will walk around to listen and look for understanding as students are discussing with groups/partners.
- Teacher will check to make sure student has accurately filled out their graph for the day, and periodically throughout the time they are recording the weather for the month (or however long teacher decides).