For this study I had imagined making a weather station, recording data on charts and graphs, and painting weather maps. In the days in which I taught older children I made these activities a reality. I videoed my second graders as they pretended to be meteorologists, using their painted maps to predict the weather. I even had my first grade students keep track of temperature trends for the entire school year on a line graph. Seeing that we are working on three year old skills, I had to backtrack to my kindergarten days. I used my experience there to build the activities we worked on for the week. I aimed for simple.
We went out for our outdoor challenge. As we walked around our property we talked about the current weather conditions using the words that we had just discussed. It was a clear cold day.
Each day the boys have been dressing their bear for the weather.
On another day, when it rained, I allowed the boys to go out and do some serious splashing and mucking around. Usually I allow them to play out when it is drizzly, not pouring. They found this kind of science investigation quite fun.
For our last follow up activity we read Little Cloud by Eric Carle and the cloud section of How the Weather Works.
The boys used cotton balls, pads, and white paint to make three cloud charts.
The three types we made were cumulus,
This was a nice beginning for our weather study. I am really looking forward to building on it as the boys grow older.