Did you know that Thursday, March 23, is World Meteorological Day? Make room for some meteorology in your lesson planning! If skies are fair, walk and listen to Meteorology (Complete-#147, 5-#11, STEM-#11)! “Weather” the forecast is frightful or delightful, these activities and plans are sure to be a great resource for any meteorology lessons.
Before you dive in, get students up to speed with lessons from NASA or PBS Kids! Take a chance to walk kids through the forecast, discuss snow days, or simply watch the weather! Or, familiarize students with a day in the life of a meteorologist by watching PBS’s Kid Meteorologist!
Switch up your Science!
Meteorologists use all kinds of interesting tools and experiments in their work! Many of these tools can make great activities for students to get some hands-on learning in the world of weather. Start by making a rain gauge! Or, help kids make their very own barometer!
Another fun activity to help kids understand the weather outside is constructing a weather journal! Have students fold and decorate their own booklets from construction paper, then use them to record the weather for a week, or even a month!
There are loads more resources online to help kids find their love for weather science! For an earth science angle, try this lesson from NASA about our climate and how it impacts the weather we see outside!
Mix in some Maps!
Introduce kids to another essential tool of meteorologists everywhere: the synoptic chart! Then, take a look at this kid-friendly printout of weather symbols! Once your kids are forecast reading pros, invite them to read a real forecast chart!
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Weather Wiz Kids provides a number of exciting activities and engaging lessons, whether your kids are wrapping up or just getting started! Or, try this list of weather books for kids! Once students are weather experts, try letting them check the forecast when planning your next walk!