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Weather Watching Unit
Mystery 1 of 6
Have you ever watched a storm?
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Describe this weather: Weather

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Optional Extras

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Read-aloud books

Come On, Rain by Karen Hesse — A girl watches plants and people droop in a drought — then spring back to life when the rain falls. Questions for your students: Why did the girl want rain? How did she know that rain was coming? What happened when rain came?

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (English & Spanish) — A boy experiments in the snow — making footprints, creating snow angels, and trying to save a snowball for the next day. Questions for your students: What do you think happened to the snowball that Peter put in his pocket? How would you save a snowball? Available as a video read aloud.

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sunnny path in park by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Adam MeInyk
kid staring at the sky by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Zurijeta
morning storm by Ali A , used under CC BY
thunder audio clip by juskiddink , used under CC BY
elderly man on porch by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: All kind of people
lightning in the distance by Margaret Nissen
leaves blowing in the wind by Mike Seidel
boy shivering cold by Showface
severe thunderstorm by BikeGeedMTDX
clouds in the sky by epSos.de
cumulonimbus mushroom cloud by Sfortis
flag waving in the wind by M.D. Rusch , used under CC BY
boy looking at sky with binoculars by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Blacqbook
boy looking out at the sea by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: urbans
boy pointing at sky by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Michael Levy
boy with windmill by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: mimagephotography
little boy thinking by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Olena Zaskochenko
little boy pointing up by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Olena Zaskochenko
kid looking out the window by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Tomsickova Tatyana
boy riding a bike by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: AlexussK
hiker on a mountain by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Olga Danylenko
american flag by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Quang Ho
cumulus cloud by Phillip Halling , used under CC BY
little girl on a windy day by Image used under license from 123rf.com: Franck Boston
heavy rain by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: bikeriderlondon
snowy bench by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Adam Gryko
sunny park by David Mark , used under Public Domain
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view outside the window by Phillip Brewer
storm watching crew by Hokiestorm
hand pointing to the sky by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: quingquing
Overview
Grade K
Topic Weather & Seasons
Focus Weather Conditions & Tracking
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Activity Prep

In this Mystery, students start to notice changes in the weather. In the activity, Be a Weather Watcher, they learn the different factors involved in describing the weather, then observe and draw the weather around them.

Preview activity

Number of students:
Clipboard
30 clipboards
Crayons
Choose 3 different colors for the sky, clouds, and sun. Colored pencils or markers also work.
Details
90 crayons
Weather Drawing printout Print 30 copies
Prep Instructions

If the weather is nice, take your students for a walk and let them draw while they are outside. If that’s not possible, you’ll need a window that lets them observe the weather while drawing.

When students are drawing, you may need to remind them to pay attention to the four aspects of the weather that are discussed in this mystery: what you see in the sky, the temperature, the wind, and rain/snow. We’ve included icons in the corner of the drawing sheet as a reminder.

Consider having students repeat this activity when the weather changes. Drawing gives them a tool that will help them pay attention to changes in the weather that they may otherwise overlook.

Overview
Grade K
Topic Weather & Seasons
Focus Weather Conditions & Tracking