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What will the weather be like on your birthday?
Circle of Seasons Unit | Lesson 2 of 3
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Extensions

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.
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Read-Aloud Books

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit provides an engaging kindergarten-level introduction to the changing seasons and how animals adapt to them. Consider pairing your reading with a timelapse video of the four seasons. Ask your students what changes they see in the weather and the plants.

Ready for Pumpkins tells of a classroom guinea pig who goes to the country for a summer vacation — and learns that you have to be patient as you wait for pumpkins to grow.

For more read-aloud books about spring, autumn,, or winter, check out these great lists from Teaching with Kids’ Books.

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Activity: Circle of Seasons Birthday Chart

Give your students a personal reason to remember the seasons. Here's a way to chart their birthdays on the Circle of Seasons.

  • Print out the Circle of Seasons for the Northern or Southern Hemisphere. Tack the four parts onto a bulletin board to make a circle.
  • Have each child write their name and birthday on a sticker. (Parents may be enlisted to help.)
  • Sort the birthdays into seasons and post them on the circle. Challenge students to find their birthdays and tell you their season!
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Activity: The Seasons Where We Live

If you live somewhere that doesn't have the classic four seasons, we strongly recommend extending this lesson by discussing with your students what seasonal changes you do observe where you live.

You can use our blank "Circle of Seasons" template to guide the discussion. Ask students about the different times of year where you live. As you lead the discussion, have students draw pictures of what the weather is like in their favorite part of the year.

Southern Hemisphere blank template also available.

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Overview
Grade K
Topic Weather Patterns
Focus Seasonal Patterns
112 reviews
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Activity Prep

THIS LESSON WAS REVISED ON JULY 1, 2021. Here is a link to the previous version.
In this lesson, students use observations of the four classic seasons to spot patterns and thereby determine the seasons’ order. In the activity, Circle of Seasons, students make observations of the four classic seasons of the temperate zone: snowy winter, warm spring, hot summer, and cool autumn with colorful leaves. Students spot patterns and determine the order of the seasons.

Preview activity

COVID-19 Adaptations
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Students at home
Each student needs the Seasons Sorting Cards (printed).
Students at school
You will need to print 2x as many Seasons Sorting Cards so that each student has their own copy.
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Circle of Seasons (Northern Hemisphere) printout
Alternatively, you can print our Southern Hemisphere version.
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Seasons Sorting Cards printout Print 15 copies
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30 pairs
Prep Instructions

We suggest students work in pairs. Homeschool students can work on their own.

If You Live Somewhere Without Four Seasons (Optional)

If you live somewhere that doesn't experience four seasons, we strongly recommend extending this lesson and discussing the seasonal changes where you live. You can print out a blank “Circle of Seasons” chart and fill this out with your students so that it matches the seasonal weather patterns where you live.

Keep a Weather Journal (Optional)

To make students aware of seasonal changes, we suggest they keep a weather journal for a few days in fall, winter, spring, and summer. (The Weather Window activity in Lesson 1 of this unit offers a simple way to do this.) When students have completed all the seasons, compare the results in a class discussion. Look for patterns or trends in the weather where you live.

Overview
Grade K
Topic Weather Patterns
Focus Seasonal Patterns
112 reviews
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