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Wind, Clouds & Weather Words

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Weather Log

The Four Seasons

Swiss Family Robinson

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

Part 1: Water, Rain, Storms & Rainbow

Part 2: Wind, Clouds & Weather Words

Recommended Books:

  • Weather Words by Gail Gibbons
  • Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
  • Little Cloud by Eric Carle
  • Like a Windy Day by Frank Asch and Devin Asch
  • Clouds by Anne Rockwell (Let’s Read and Find Out Science)
  • Feel The Wind by Arthur Dorros (Let’s Read and Find Out Science)
  • The Wind’s Garden by Bethany Roberts
  • What Will The Weather Be? by Lynda DeWitt (Let’s Read and Find Out Science)
  • The Paper Princess Finds Her Way by Elisa Kleven
  • George Flies South by Simon James
  • Kite Flying by Grace Lin
  • Tornadoes! by Gail Gibbons
  • Hurricanes! by Gail Gibbons
  • W is for Wind: A Weather Alphabet by Patrick Paulauski
  • Scholastic Atlas of Weather by Marie-Anne Legault
Watching the clouds

Watching the clouds

Related Themes:

  • Weather Words and What They Mean
  • Safety & Preparedness
  • Weather Appropriate Clothing
  • Discuss seasonal weather differences – spring showers, summer heatwave, fall winds, winter snow.

Lesson Ideas:

Types of Wind Patterns ~ discuss words used to describe different wind patterns, such as breeze, windy, gale, storm, hurricane, tornado and typhoon

Weather Words – using index cards, make weather words flashcards and have the child put them in alphabetical order. Another version is to have the child classify them according to type (such as weather words, cloud words, wind words).

Cumulus clouds are the ones that look like fluffy cotton balls in the sky. Use cotton balls as a visual when discussing them. Ask the child what they imagine it would be like to float in the sky on a cumulus cloud or perhaps create a drawing to express their thoughts about it.

Cloud Shapes – go outside and watch the clouds. See how many shapes you can make out from cloud formations.

Air Spinners – take a sheet of paper and rip it into short strips. Have the child release each strip and watch it float or spin downward to discuss how air impacts the direction and speed.

Fly a Kite – flying kites are a great way to enjoy windy days. While flying, you can discuss effects of the wind on the kite and how it moves it, swirls it, forces it up or down, etc. It’s a great way to get hands on experience with the unpredictability of wind.

Worksheets:

Up, Up, UpVideo: Up, Up, Up song

Did You Know?: Fog occurs when clouds come down to the ground.

Poem: Who Has Seen The Wind? by Christina Rossetti

Songs & Poems:

Online Games:

Coloring Pages:

Related Resource:

National Geographic Young Explorer’s Sept. 2011 issue, has an online story title The Weather Outside discussing daily weather conditions that we can observe (it is the third story so you need to click forward to it using the click button on the bottom right hand). I’m also including the teacher’s guide for that issue, which offers ideas, worksheets and related information to help you facilitate a weather related lesson. Their focused themes are sunny, rainy, windy, cloudy, snowy.

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