This Walking Classroom podcast focuses on the field of meteorology and the forces that create weather patterns and natural phenomenon like rain, thunder, and lightning. The kids discuss and explain how the weather is predicted and how it affects our everyday lives. Weather changes can be caused by temperature shifts that affect our atmosphere and cause the air to move differently.
Lesson Plan: Download the Meteorology Lesson Plan
Health Message: Weather and health
Character Value: Being flexible
Supplemental Resource Links and Downloads
The Wild and Wacky Weather Words Puzzle
The Meteorology Google Quiz
(This is a Google form. Click to copy it to your own Google Drive.)
The Meteorology Slide Deck
- How did Clouds Get their Names? (5:06) — Explains how different types of clouds were named.
- Weather Channel: Crash Course for Kids (5:09) — Discusses how ocean currents work with the jet stream to create weather.
- Weather 101 for Kids – with Meteorologist JD Rudd (5:33) — Explains basics about weather and how the green screen is used on television.
- Weather Activities for the Classroom — Hands-on Activity — Recreate weather phenomenon in a variety of ways in these activities compiled by We Are Teachers.
- SciJinks Games — Online Activity — Try one or several of these weather-related online games from SciJinks, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) weather site for kids.
- The National Weather Service Baltimore-Washington Forecast Office — Virtual Field Trip — Take a virtual tour of this National Weather Service facility 25 miles west of Washington, DC.
To help support your curricular units or help you introduce additional content to your class, we created The Walking Classroom’s Themed Groupings!
You can easily find podcasts centering around specific themes in language arts, social studies, and science, or explore other areas of interest. Whether you’re looking for podcasts addressing things like grammar or literary elements, a branch of science, a historical era, or even innovators like artists and inventors, The Walking Classroom has got you covered!
For example, Themed Groupings that contain the Clara Barton podcast include: Biographies, Civil War & Reconstruction, Famous Women, Historical Figures, Innovators: Artists, Inventors & More, Medicine, The Human Body
EVERY Walking Classroom podcast comes with a ton of supplemental resources including lesson plans, slide decks, videos, and quizzes? And, best of all, they’re FREE when you purchase the program. We’ve also created almost 40 themed groupings of podcast topics to support your curriculum units. How cool is that?!