Jan 19, 2016

Weather Activities for Kids: Interactive Notebooks

Today, we're going to take a look at resources that will help you meet the "Earth's Systems" standard....which I just simply call the "Weather Patterns" unit. 

(Not familiar with the NGSS standards? Then take some time to read "Getting to Know the Next Generation Science Standards: Kindergarten" first.)

I'll show you all the different parts to my Weather Patterns Interactive Notebook and a few other resources too.
Are you teaching a weather unit? These interactive activities are a perfect addition to the rest of your spring lesson plans, ideas, and crafts. Whether for Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade, kids will love the interactive pages of this science notebook!
Each science interactive notebook set, including this one, comes with a set of corresponding classroom posters to hang around your room. But for this Weather Patterns unit, there are actually three different sets of posters that I've included. The first set includes basic types of weather:
The next set includes more severe types of weather:
And the third set includes tools that are used to predict weather:

The Weather Patterns unit also comes with its own interactive notebook cover.
The cover pages for each core idea will help your students keep their notebook well organized.

And just like all of the other core ideas covered, here is the vocabulary reinforcer for weather:
The Pocket full of Vocab matches the poster set (shown above). Have students pull the cards out of the pocket and review the meanings of the terms. They can quiz themselves, quiz a neighbor, and even write short definitions on the back to help them remember.

You'll also want to spend some time talking about meteorologists and the tools that are used to predict weather. Talk about how we use weather tools to help us prepare for the weather that is coming.
On the meteorologist page, have students flip up the flaps and write information they learn about meteorologists. Then have them color in the pictures of tools that meteorologist use for reporting and predicting weather. 

There is a great app to use with this unit called Kid Weather. It reiterates 
My favorite thing about this app? It was CREATED by a six year old kid (with the help of his dad)!  It's a great way to spend just a few minutes every day going over the weather predictions for the next day, plotting/graphing them out, and preparing for how we should dress for the weather.

Have your littles record the weather for ten days and see if they notice any patterns that will help them make weather predictions. 
Have them poll the class, tally up the results, and graph the predictions made by classmates.

Here are a few more pages that are included:
Use a pencil and paperclip to spin n' tell more about each of the pictures shown in the circle. What season is it? What is the weather like during that season? Also, keep track of how the temperature changes throughout each day by coloring in the thermometers as you record morning, noon, and night (or afternoon...before students go home).

As I've mentioned in each of the different interactive notebook post, I've noticed that kids LOVE to prove how smart they are. So I created this page that not only reinforces your class discussions during the Weather Patterns unit, but also give the kids a chance to feel smart, review their friends, and practice what they've learned.
Students simply pull out one of the many questions and either answer the questions or do what it says.

If you're looking for additional activities to use during your weather unit, this Weather Write-the-Room Set might be perfect for your class.
Are you teaching a weather unit? These interactive activities are a perfect addition to the rest of your spring lesson plans, ideas, and crafts. Whether for Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade, kids will love the interactive pages of this science notebook!
Hang up these posters and let your students wander around the room finding them. When they find one, they look for the corresponding picture on their printout, and then write down the words they see.

Next up, we'll talk about Earth & Human Activity...

-Til next time

Are you teaching a weather unit? These interactive activities are a perfect addition to the rest of your spring lesson plans, ideas, and crafts. Whether for Preschool, Kindergarten, or First Grade, kids will love the interactive pages of this science notebook!


1 comment:

  1. I plan on purchasing your bundle! Thanks for giving us a closer look at each of your units! :)

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