Happy Wednesday! It’s been raining cats and dogs here pretty much nonstop. One day it’s humid and the next it’s super cold. Welcome to Texas, ha! I am so ready for sunny skies and warmer weather. Speaking of weather, I want to show you some cloud and weather activities!
Cloud and Weather Activities
Weather Journal: students create a weather journal and record the weather for one week by gluing the matching weather and recording the temperature on a thermometer. What I love about these journals is that they are so simple to put together: simply cut and staple! Throughout the week students also predict the weather for the next day and record it in their journal.
At the end of the week they create a graph based on their data from the week.
Vocabulary Cards: these are great to use in a pocket chart, with a game, or displayed on the board (just add magnetic tape to the back). These can also be displayed in a writing center and used with any of the writing prompts.
Lots of ways to use these!
Water Cycle Craftivity: students create a rain drop water cycle wheel by cutting and gluing the picture to the correct water cycle step. Just use a metal brad to attach the wheel so that it will spin (it’s covered up with the mouth).
Cloud Book: Students identify the different types of clouds by creating a cloud craftivity book. These turn out so cute!
They would be darling hanging on a bulletin board or from the ceiling!
Interactive Journal Sorts: These sorts work great for quick informal assessments. There are sorts for Hot or Cold, types of weather, and a seasonal characteristics sort.
Thermometer craft: students create a paper thermometer to explore how a thermometer works
Wind Sock craft: students create a wind sock to observe the wind. These are so easy to make. Just take a piece of white paper and turn it vertical. Color (or paint) the top blue and the bottom half stripes of rainbow colors. Then, cut the stripes to make strips! Attach a string with tape and wha-la!
Wind Races: I love this game! My daughter that’s 11 helped create this idea! I love it even more because of that. It’s simple but effective. Students play in partners to blow a pompom onto a cloud (to demonstrate that wind is moving air) by identifying different types of weather, clouds, and weather tools.
Writing Craftivities: Choose between 8 different writing prompts (that include 3 different line variations). This craft can double up as the cloud book!
Anchor Chart Posters: These full page (8×11) posters are great to use in a writing center, science center, or used throughout your lessons. There are posters for the Water Cycle, Cumulus, Cumulonimbus, Cirrus, and Stratus clouds.