Have students participate in these activities to reinforce and support an understanding that the weather is a combination of different factors and is constantly changing.
- You can present these activities before or after viewing the video.
Activity #1: Weather Investigators
Activity type: Outdoor Exploration
Activity time: Varies
- Clipboard for each student
Summary: Students become outdoor weather investigators as they find evidence of weather in the four factors of weather. They record and compare conditions.
Tell students they are going to become “weather investigators.” Explain that they will go outside and look carefully for evidence of the weather. Prompt students to look in the sky and on the ground for clues. They should use all their senses to find evidence; for example, they can listen to the leaves rustling or feel a rain drizzle.
- Take students outside when they first arrive at school (before they take their outdoor clothes off!) and again late in the afternoon.
- Each time, allow students to explore weather on their own or with a partner. Have them write or draw one or two things that show evidence of weather. If time is tight, you might want to record students’ findings as they dictate and/or take pictures. They can use them as a reference to record their findings during art, recess, or another designated time.
- Post the drawings on one wall in two rows, with the morning recordings on top and the afternoon recordings below. Have students share and compare their findings. You might ask:
- Can you describe the morning weather? The afternoon weather?
- How are they different?
- What evidence do you see in the morning that you did not see in the afternoon?
Activity #2: Rainstorm Role Play
Activity type: Indoor Exploration
Activity time: Varies
- Clothes to wear in the rain
- Largesheet of chart paper
- Weather books
Summary: Students act out experiencing a rainstorm.
Preparation: Set up a Weather Station area in your class that includes weather clothes, books, and writing/drawing materials.
Tell students that even though they might be stuck inside during a rainstorm, they can still have fun learning about weather. Ask volunteers to tell about an experience they had in a rainstorm.
- Then have students close their eyes and quietly imagine they are in the middle of a rainstorm. You might explain that sometimes it is easier to think really hard about something when you close your eyes so you don’t get distracted by things around you. Students who are uncomfortable closing their eyes can carry out the activity with their eyes open. You can also turn off the lights to remind students of the darkness of the storm and of how places and people are often quiet during a storm.
- Softly encourage students to imagine what the rainstorm feels like, sounds like, smells like, and even tastes like! After a few minutes, ask students to open their eyes and describe what their indoor storm experience was like. Record ideas on chart paper.
- Divide students into small groups and have each group act out a rainstorm experience. Review the ideas on the chart with groups if they get stuck for ideas. Encourage groups to:
- Dress to go out in the storm
- Re-create the sound of the storm
- Create pictures to show evidence
- Narrate a description of the storm
- Allow groups to perform their indoor storm experiences for one another.
- TIP: You may want to take pictures of students’ performances and display them in the Weather Station.