Elementary Science Program


weatherAir and Weather


Dancin' in the Rain
So what if it drizzles
And dribbles and drips?
I'll splash in the garden,
I'll dance on the roof.
Let it rain on my skin,
It can't get in--
I'm waterproof.

Shel Silverstein, Falling Up, Harper Collins, 1996, 108

  • Communicate observations using precise vocabulary

  • Observe and describe the changes that occur in weather over time

  • Become familiar with instruments that are used to monitor weather conditions—wind vane, anemometer, thermometer, and rain gauge

  • Compare weather conditions using a bar graph

  • Books for Kids
  • Teacher Resources
  • Web Sites
  • Tips and Hints

Books for Kids

The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats, Viking, 1962, 27 pp, ISBN0-670-86733-0. The Snowy Day tells the story of young Peter's delightful day in the snow. Peter makes a snowball and places it in his pocket only to find that it disappears. The disappearance of Peter's snowball offers the perfect starting point for discussions of the water cycle. (Science and Children, Feb 2004, 18).

Pop! A Book About Bubbles (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science Series). Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. Illustrated with photographs by Margaret Miller. HarperCollins Children’s Books. 40pp. Trade ISBN 0-06-028700-4; Library ISBN 0-06-028701-2; Paperback ISBN 0-06-445208-5, HarperTrophy. In simple text, this book explains how bubbles are made, why their shape is always round, and why they pop. Vivid photographs illustrate each step of the process. Directions for making a bubble solution and bubble experiments encourage the reader to find out more about bubbles. NSTA

Book of Science Questions that Children Ask Jack Meyers. Boyds Mills Pr, 1995, ISBN 1563974789. An 11-year old reader from Broomall, Pa, writes "This book help me do my homework all the time. Trust me and buy this book." (amazon.com) Selected from back issues of Highlights for Children magazine, this collection of answers to over 350 children's questions about science covers a wide range of science topics. (ENC Focus, vol 8, No 3, 2001, p 92)

Snowflake Bentley Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Mary Azarian. Houghton Mifflin Trade and Reference Division. The story of the lifelong quest of Wilson Bentley, a self-taught scientist, to capture the images of snowflakes in all their various patterns, shapes,a nd sizes. (ENC Focus, vol 9, no 2, p 90) Listed in many selections of recommended books for children.

How the Weather Works Michael Allaby. Reader's Digest Association, 1995. This book provides a complete hands-on guide to recognizing and understanding different types of weather patterns and the factors that cause them. It is listed as suitable for grades 3-8. (ENC Focus, Vol 8, No 3, 2001)

Teacher Resources

S'COOL Cloud Types Tutorial If you are not quite sure about the different types of clouds, here is a short tutorial that should give you some help.

Air and Weather Curriculum Companions contains detailed resources tailored to modules dealing with air and weather. Take a look at the growing list of resources for this module. Background info, enrichment, interdisciplinary ideas, images, assessment, tips and comments, and kids web pages are all included in this useful site.

Snow provides an inquiry activity to do on a snowy day. What can you learn from a melting snowball?

Air & Weather


Web Sites

The Foss website has material for students and teachers that relates to this unit. Check the website to see interactive simulations, to write questions to a scientist, to find teaching tips, and to talk with other classes using FOSS.

The Weather Channel

Weather Underground: Roseburg, OR forecast

Eye on the Sky A kid-friendly which allows the user to enter some information about the day’s weather (season, wet/dry, clear/cloudy, temp, etc) and write a short piece describing how the day feels. This info is then presented on a summary page which the child could print.

Web Weather for Kids  Information and pictures/diagrams on clouds, hurricanes, thunderstorms and more. Suitable for grade 2 and middle school.

Cloudman  Retired McMinnville physics professor has built a very informative site designed to help people “look up and see the beauty of  the sky.” Lots of cloud photographs and information about cloud types, cloud formation, and the wonder of clouds.

Cloud Appreciation Society A British site dedicated to “fighting the banality of ‘blue-sky thinking.’” A gallery of cloud photographs and a number of articles and short videos are available on the site.

Wonderful World of Weather Created by the Stevens Institute of Technology, the Wonderful World of Weather is a standard-based real time data module for elementary students to explore weather phenomena locally and globally. Teachers can find many fun classroom activities divided into three sections: introductory activities, real time data activities, and language arts activities related to weather. The website features an abundance of links to real time weather data. Students can learn how to have their work published on the website. Users can find additional materials about children's books related to weather, guidelines for data collection, and curriculum standards.

Dan's Wild Wild Weather Page  Dan Satterfield, a chief meteorologist for a local news station in Alabama, educates children between the ages of six and 16 about various aspects of meteorology at this fun website. With the help of amusing images, the site introduces the concepts of radar technology, tornadoes, lightening, humidity, forecasting, and much more. Users can listen to the sounds of storms, hurricanes, rain, wind, and snow. Students can participate in entertaining games, puzzles, and quizzes. Educators will appreciate the For Teachers link, which provides links to many outside meteorological resources.

A specific lesson plan linking language arts and weather, Windy Words, would be appropriate for second graders. The students discuss words describing wind, and then write a haiku poem about the wind.

Tips and Hints