Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.
This is a two-part series on weather related themes:
Part 1: Water, Rain, Storms & Rainbow
Part 2: Wind, Clouds & Weather Words
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:
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:
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 doesn’t just quench our thirst; it also plays other important roles in keeping our bodies healthy:
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:
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.
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 Games & Experiments:
Weather Crafts, Activities: