Saturday, October 23, 2010

What’s The Weather?!

We’ve been studying the weather the last few weeks in Science and it’s been FUN to say the least! I love hearing the kids talk about the clouds when we’re outside… “Look Mrs. Carroll! That’s a stratus cloud!!” They’ve become such awesome little weather watchers, SO very interested in anything and everything weather!! Here are a few little things we did for this fun little unit!

We watched a really neat video about the different types of weather and read some pretty cool non-fiction books, too! We made a little word web to show what we learned…


We added weather poems to our poetry journals {no pics, but you can download them below.}


We also learned about the water cycle and how it affects our weather.


We made water cycle bracelets using little beads and yarn. Each bead stood for a different phase of the water cycle: dark blue-condensation, light blue-precipitation, yellow-evaporation. I also had the kids label a diagram of the water cycle to keep in their science journals.


We also updated our science journals with weather graphs to help us observe and record the daily weather.


We read this book about clouds…


and then we brainstormed adjectives to describe the different types.


We read this book…


And made our own little class book adapted from this story. They made their own tear paper cloud shaped like an object and used the sentence prompt, “My little cloud changed into a …”



We graphed our favorite types of clouds…

cloud graph

and interpreted the data…

cloud graph1

Speaking of observations, we also observed changes over an extended period of time…changes that occur due to weather…and we used trees to illustrate this concept. I had the kids choose between several different mediums to show the seasons of a tree. I LOVE how different they all turned out!!


We also talked about the wind. We brought in hair dryers to show how wind moves and the kids got to be little wind makers using a straw and cotton balls. They also got to make wind socks to take home and observe wind direction and movement.

wind socks

For a little bit of fun, we read this book…


and pretended, “what if?!” We used the sentence prompt, “I wish it would rain…” to add another entry to our Reader’s Response journals.


We’re about to send home a really cool MOON project, so stay tuned!!

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