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Water, Rain, Storms & Rainbow

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This is a two-part series on weather related themes:

Part 1: Water, Rain, Storms & Rainbow

Part 2: Wind, Clouds & Weather Words

Recommended Books:

  • Water by Frank Asch
  • Down Comes The Rain by Franklyn M. Branley (Let’s-Read-And-Find-Out-Science)
  • What Will The Weather Be? by Lynda DeWitt (Let’s Read and Find Out Science)
  • The Bears In The Bed And The Great Big Storm by Paul Bright
  • Franklin And The Thunderstorm by Paulette Bourgeois
  • Just You And Me by Sam McBratney
  • Thank You, God, For Rain by Mona Hodgson (I Can Read!)
  • Thunder Boomer by Shutter Grum
  • Watch Over Our Water by Lisa Bullard
  • Planting A Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  • The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman
  • Scholastic Atlas of Weather by Marie-Anne Legault
Making a weather related  craft

Making a weather related craft

Theme Ideas:

  • Water Cycle
  • How water changes (solid, liquid, gas)
  • Differences: Drizzle/Sprinkle, Rain, Showers, Hail,Thunderstorm, Flood, Hurricane
  • After the rain – Rainbow
  • Water Conservation

Did You Know?: Seventy-two percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water

What is Water? Water is one of our planet’s natural resources. Pure water is an odorless, tasteless, clear and calorie-free liquid essential for the survival of all living beings/things. There are two main types of natural water: salt water and fresh water. Water takes many forms on Earth:

  • various bodies of water
  • icebergs in the polar regions
  • glaciers and rivers in the mountains
  • groundwater, springs and geysers
  • rain or snow, water vapor and clouds

A discussion on the water cycle would be useful in this lesson to offer a fuller picture of all the aspects and forms of water for the child.

Water Movers ~ go to a creek or natural water setting and talk about the many things that move water, such as natural flow, things thrown into the water (rocks, pebbles, objects), animals (ducks swimming or floating), nature (leaves or branches falling) and the wind itself.

Know The Difference ~ Discuss the differences between spring and filtered or treated water. These are some common terms associated with drinking water:

  • tap water (filtered or treated)
  • purified water (filtered or treated)
  • spring water (needs to specifically indicate spring water to be considered true spring water)

If possible, present various bottles of water and read the labels. Help the child understand what they are drinking.

Hydration ~ Water is very important for our bodies:

  • water makes up about 72% of the human body (the same as the percentage of water on the Earth’s surface)
  • water makes up 83% of our blood
  • water makes up 75% of our muscles
  • water composes 75% of our brain
  • water accounts for 22% of our bones

Water doesn’t just quench our thirst; it also plays other important roles in keeping our bodies healthy:

  • helps regulate body temperature
  • helps absorb and carry nutrients and oxygen to the cells
  • helps convert food into energy
  • protects and cushions vital organs and joints
  • removes waste from our body
  • moistens oxygen for breathing
Our Month-long Weather Log

Our month-long weather log

Weather Related ~ Discuss different forms of water weather, such as: Drizzle/Sprinkle, Rain, Showers, Hail, Thunderstorm, Flood, Hurricane. You can expand the lesson by discussing weather safety tips and rainbows.

My Weather Report: Every morning we watch The Weather Channel to find out what the weather is going to be like. I created this My Weather Report form so my son could apply the knowledge in a practical format.

Water Conservation ~ A child may not realize/appreciate how much water is used in basic every day chores/activities. Using a Water Consumption Chart will help them gain a better understanding of how much water we use and set the foundation for a discussion on ways we can conserve water. These are some tips for encouraging water conservation:

  • Don’t leave the water running while you are brushing your teeth
  • Fix dripping/leaky faucets and toilets
  • Install low-flow shower heads
  • Use sprinkler timers for watering the lawn
  • During the summer, play water games on the lawn while it is being watered
  • Use a barrel outdoors to catch rain water; you can use the collected water to water plants, gardens, washing windows or cars, etc.

You can also discuss how in many parts of the world there is a shortage of clean drinking water and the importance of protecting and providing clean water everywhere.

Additional Resource:

The Natural Museum of Natural History’s Ology section has a page dedicated to Water listing related books, information, interactive games and experiments.

Mother Goose Rhyme: Rain

Songs & Poems:

The Rainbow by Christina Rossetti

Weather themed

Online Games:

Weather Games & Experiments:

  • Weather Wiz Kids has lots of fun, useful information, as well as games and experiment ideas.
  • The Weather Channel has a Kids section with games, educational information and even a link where you can enter your zip code to see local weather and forecast data.
  • PBS Kids has a Cat-in-the-Hat character based weather game – Weather Transformer – where kids can change the weather by clicking different buttons.

Weather Crafts, Activities:

  • DLTK has an extensive section of weather related crafts, activities and poems.
  • National Geographic Young Explorer has an interactive story titled Drop By Drop describing the water cycle (2nd story on link).
  • Wacky Web Tales (fill in the blanks) ~ What Will The Weather Be?



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