How do you know it’s winter where you live?
What changes do you notice?
Suppose you wanted to find a great spot to build a snow fort next December.
What kinds of data could you collect to find a place with great weather for snow fort building?
What’s the point of making predictions about the weather if we know that at least some of them will be wrong?
The following readings are free with registration at Readworks and include comprehension questions.
Have your students write about daily weather in the form of a descriptive weather report. Help them with their vocabulary by creating a Weather Word Bank. If you need some inspiration, check out Bryn Donovan’s Master List for Describing Weather.
Writing about the weather–in poetry or a personal account—gives students an opportunity to expand their vocabulary and practice descriptive writing.
Give your students a chance to practice their thermometer reading skills in the real world. Hang an inexpensive weather thermometer outside your classroom. Have your class can track how the temperature changes over the course of a day, a month, or even the school year.
You can also create a practice thermometer using paper, straws, and pipe cleaners. You can find instructions on how to construct one here!
Keeping a weather journal can help your students observe and identify patterns in your local weather. If your class has kept a weather journal before, use their new understanding of weather data to take the activity to a new level. Involve students in decisions about their weather journal with these questions:
You can also use fun and free weather tracking printables for this activity!