|Springtime Poetry and Kite art and Weather Activities.|
|We write about things that happen in the spring including flowers, sports, bugs, baby animals, and all kinds of weather!|
We sing the song below about Clouds to the tune of "Itsy Bitsy Spider".
|We will be starting our weather unit when we go back on track.|
Spring is the perfect time to start since we get all types of crazy weather in springtime.
|Weather activities are really interesting and fun to kids of all ages.|
|We will make some Cloud Flip Books and write facts underneath each type of cloud picture. Then we'll add the cotton balls to depict each type of cloud.|
CLOUD TYPES FLIP BOOKS AND CLOUD ACTIVITIES....
|. Check out the Scholastic News website for great info and pictures on Clouds. I order the Scholastic News every year. A lot of times I save the science ones to use with my units.|
|For more Weather Activities we read this Cloud Choral Reading and these 2 books on Clouds and the Cloud Poem too!|
|The Weekly Reader/Scholastic News have a product called Science Spin that I've saved over the years. I order that every year for an extra dollar or so per student. I use them because I have no science textbooks. I also order a lot of science reading literature and always keep it at the SCIENCE CENTER. It is the most popular center most days.|
Cloudette By Lichtenheld, Tom
I've accumulated quite an array of weather books over my 20 years of teaching. Here are a few. The two above are my favorites.
|Some of the Weather Books and Scholatic News on weather we read during weather week.....|
|We made these Water Cycle Wheels too...I like the vocabulary listed ...we test on two of these words; evaporation and precipitation on our weekly vocab quiz. A Cloud and Weather Vocabulary word sort can be found HERE free at TPT.|
I loved this water cycle activity pack that I found FREE from TPT. Check it out HERE. It was easy for my kiddos. The water cycle wheel I got from another teacher I believe she got it from a book.
|I got this from another teacher, but I've done them just with a square too. You do the cutting before passing them out.|
Some free weather stationery is HERE. And HERE is a printable of all types of weather in a cute blackline from Scholastic that you could use to make your own magnet matching game like mine below. You do have to subscribe to Scholastic and pay a small fee to get these though. I bought my game below from a teacher supply store.
|This was a WEATHER center game I added magnets to the back. I have a magnet center made butting two filing cabinets together at the backs. I left all the weather books at the Science Center along with this game.|
|I'll also begin talking about taking care of our world and being a part of Earth Day which is coming up in a month. That will be our next unit.|
|I have an auto harp I play and the kids love singing songs to the music. HERE was a water cycle song we sang to the tune of "IT'S RAINING IT'S POURING". I also have about 2 dozen types of instruments and some drums and xylophones so we never lose interest in singing to science texts.|
Check out my store above to see some great deals on musical instruments. I especially love the blue boxed xylophone. It was only $20.00 and I bought 3 for my classroom. The kids love to get them out when we sing and 2 kids will pay them to keep the rhythm with bells. Here is a pack of freebies from TPT Check it out!
Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
Here we go round the water cycle, water cycle, water cycle.
Here we go round the water cycle, each and every day.
The ocean water evaporates, evaporates, evaporates,
The ocean water evaporates and makes tiny drops.
The clouds condense to make a raincloud, make a raincloud, make a raincloud,
The clouds condense to make a raincloud, and some feel heavy!
The heavy drops precipitate, precipitate, precipitate,
The heavy drops precipitate, to make water accumulate. (puddles, lakes, rivers, and underground wells)
Then it's time to start again, start again, start again,
Then it's time to start again, the never ending Water Cycle!
| I have lots of books on the results of Wicked Weather. And Tornados and Typhoons come along right when we are discussing weather damage. |
SCIENCE EXPERIMENT: TORNADO TUBE
This is a Tornado Tube. I put 2 empty 2 liter bottles together with one of them filled with water. The kids loved coming up and twirling it around till it made a tornado. You can get the Tornado Tube from Steve Spangler Science. I think it is about $3.00 plus shipping.
If we have time a fun weather puzzle with the 3 types of violent weather types (lightening, tornadoes and hurricanes) is lots of fun. We glue them down after discussing safety during each one.
|I had the kids put together a page of 3 cool puzzles; tornadoes, hurricanes and lightening. This is what it looks like before .|
|We made thermometers and learned what temperature spring, summer, winter and fall weather would be....|
A few more worksheets are at Superteacher Worksheets.. Then we did some temperature worksheets like these Here at www.education.com. We had a great time learning about WEATHER!
HERE at teach-nology.com. Another one is HERE at Homeschooling.com. Some years I have them write a story after reading Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
Above is a fun WATER CYCLE SONG. A cool reader's theater script I found on the story of the water cycle can be printed free HERE at Grandview Library. It is from Enchanted Learning. It's cute and would make the kids use their imagination. These are some cool Youtubes I found that the kids like. I have a hard time choosing between them but I usually show one or two during the 2 week unit.
Weather videos from Youtube great for learning about Weather and introducing vocabulary for the unit.
Water Cycle Youtube with some fun singing.Another cute song....on CLOUDS! In the book CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS there are lots of bad weather days, where food rains all over the city. It is fun to write funny stories about our favorite foods raining on our city in Utah.
|Some Weekly Readers and Language Arts writing we d0.... Some years I've done the I Can poem above.|
nimbus rain cloud