As I drove from Illinois to Wisconsin a week ago to visit family over spring break, the barren ground soon became covered with snow in increasing amounts. When I pulled into my parents' driveway, the piles of white stuff were so high they buried mailboxes. It is now April, and the ground is nowhere in sight. Even when it does---even if we are fortunate enough to live in a warmer climate--April showers will follow. Temperature dip, dive and soar again around this time of year. So what better time of year to teach our students a bit about the weather.
This week's Fabulous Friday Freebies focus on weather lessons. Here they are....
#1: Weather Graphing Activity is a fun activity that has your students track weather and graph it over time. This activity is perfect for the younger grades.
#2: Weather and Climate Unit is a package of materials with assessments, power points and notes on weather. There is so much there, it is hard to believe it is free. It is ideal for the middle school grades.
#3: April Showers Bring May Flowers Clipart is an eight page packet with spring clipart.
#4: Weather Whiz Kids is a website on how to conduct close to forty weather related experiments. It is definitely worth checking out.
#5: The Weather Channel also has a ton of free lesson plans to check out.
There are so many ways to bring it into the classroom in cross-curricular ways. Students can work on data analysis by graphing weather, conduct science experiment to help them understand it more and journal about what they like to do in different climates. The possibilities are virtually endless, but hopefully this blog can help you take some concrete first steps!