A Flood of Resources for Teaching Weather
Keeping students excited and focused can be a difficult task
for teachers. These resources will help kick off a course in weather
and are geared to keep kids interested, especially kindergarten to
fifth grade classes:
Weather Lesson Plans
Don't know where to begin? These lesson plans are geared to
help you implement your style of teaching or allow your present lessons
to flow more efficiently by giving precise descriptions of the goals.
Basic Aspects of Winter- First
graders gain knowledge of the change of seasons.
Curriculum Guide-Weather lesson
plans and curriculum for fourth and fifth graders(.pdf).
Puddles- Third and fourth grade
lessons on the evaporation of puddles.
Weather Maps- Lesson plans from the
National Severe Storms Library.
Weather Vocabulary- Weather lesson
plan focusing on weather terminology.
The Seasons- A course plan allowing
students to discover why the weather changes and how.
Dynamic Earth- Lesson plan for
grades three through five with video support for educators.
Weather Lessons- From weather
vocabulary to the types of instruments and clouds, teachers are
provided fun educational lesson plans.
The Climate System- Educational
module plan investigating the structure of climate.
WebQuests are suited for working in teams and built to allow
students to use their imaginations.
Weather and Climate- Students are
instructed to use the Internet to complete this weather WebQuest.
Kindergarten Science - This
WebQuest uses the student's imagination to accomplish the task set
Tornadoes - Third grade WebQuest
that creatively teaches students about tornado safety.
The Ocean and Weather- Students are
instructed to find the connection between weather conditions and ocean
Weather Extremes- For upper level
grades, this WebQuest Lesson instructs students to use power point to
correlate extreme weather with their life history.
Weather C.A.M.P- A WebQuest
allowing students to become meteorologists. This quest is geared toward
sixth graders but there are suggestions for gearing it towards a
Weather- This task is geared
towards younger students and the fear of certain weather conditions.
Cloud Quest- Elementary school
quest to understanding the various types of clouds
Sounds of Weather - A fifth grade
team based WebQuest covering various aspects of weather.
Interdisciplinary Weather Lessons
These lessons provide tips and guidance on teaching
weather with other subjects.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs-
A five-day course for third graders combining lessons in weather,
immigration and the food groups.
Cloud Art- Teaching cloud types and
formation through art.
Where Art thou Weather?- Third
graders use science, art, and language arts to learn about weather.
Teaching Science Through Arts-
Several examples of teaching weather through art for various grade
Math- 16 classroom lessons combing math with weather.
Severe Weather -
Research lesson plan utilizing language arts to bring severe weather
Clouds- A fun artistic lesson that
teaches children how clouds are formed.
Painting Weather- Using paint to
depict weather and it affects on culture, life, and the state of mind.
Weather Measurement- Lesson plan
that makes the connection of math with determining weather temperature.
Learning should be fun and exciting and using activities to
educate will enhance the learning process for your
students. These resources allow students to get a hands on
understanding of weather.
Ride the Snow- A collaborative
activity reading the book Snow Riders and using
dough to create snow characters from the book.
Hurricanes - The Miami Museum of
Science provides several weather activities on hurricanes.
Atmosphere- Several atmosphere
activities for data collection, predictions, temperature maps, and
creative writing exploration.
The Cycle of Water- Students will
create their own cloud in a bottle.
Science Vortexes - Two vortex
activities, The Water Race & Tornado In A Bottle(.pdf).
Wild Weather - Stormy activities
for students to create extreme conditions.
Make it Rain - A condensation
Acid Rain - Students make acid rain
followed by five lessons on acid rain and it effects on earth.
The Cycle of Water- A game to teach
the cycle of water.
Weather Tracking- Weather tracking
projects made by students for students.
Two popular ideas for making a weather lesson more exciting
are inviting a local meteorologist to speak to your class, or arranging
a field trip to see a meteorologist at work. The kids will not only
learn about weather but see how a TV station works and maybe even get
on camera! The following resources are flooded with ideas for classroom
guests and field trips. Each resource explains the process for
planning class outings or classroom visits. While an idea or guest
might not be located directly in your area, these resources could
provide an idea for a similar trip or guest in your location.
Weather Research Center- The museum
provides weather camps and guided tours.
Museum of Science- School Programs
for in school demonstration of weather.
Weather Discovery Center -
The outreach program of the observatory consists of teacher training
and demonstrations for students.
American Museum of Natural History -
The museum provides programs for field trips and classes on the science
The Northeast Science Center Collaborative
- A six-week climate program for fourth, fifth, and sixth graders.
The John C. Freeman Weather Museum-
The only weather museum in America. Free tours are provided. Located in