Monday, November 17, 2014

Today's Lesson: Weather Unit Study

Like most kids, the minions are always asking questions.We have finished reading The Long Winter, by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and they have been questioning the weather that the Ingalls family experienced as well as questions about the weather in general.  For example "Why doesn't it rain more?" "Why is it always so windy?" So since we recently finished a disaster preparedness unit, I thought it would be fitting to do a unit study about the weather, since weather is the cause of the most dangerous, and costly natural disasters.

Lessons:
Homeschool Share has a great lapbook for general weather study, it provides an overview of weather related vocabulary and covers multiple topics briefly.
123homeschool4me.com has really cute 40 page unit for kids ages 3-9, preK-4th grade.
Homeschoolhelperonline.com has a bunch of lapbook components and themed notebooking pages, which we will be using to write about our experience with different types of weather.
The NOAA has a ton of free resources to download.
Book List:
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Weather Words and What They Mean by Gail Gibbons
Weather Forecasting by Gail Gibbons
The Storm Book by Charlotte Zolotow
The Cloud Book by Tomie dePaola
Weather: Poems for All Seasons Selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins
Weather: Experiments, Games, Art and Writing Activities Hands-on Science/Edupress
White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt
The Big Snow by Berta aand Elmer Hader

Online Games:
learninggamesforkids.com  has online games and printables (try out your skills in the Word-O-Rama games.)
Utah Education Network has some really fun games, the Weather Reporter game allows you to both forecast and predict the weather.
NASA has a list of weather and climate related games to play online, try your skills at Whirlwind Disaster.

Hands-On Activities:
Mr. Printables has a this handy weather station you can print and hang up.
EDUPRESS ACTIVITY BOOK WEATHER is packed full of hands on weather themed activities
Build a weather station with these instructions from NOAA
Or make a Tornado in a Bottle and a Cloud in a Jar!
For more weather crafts and activities check out Red Ted Art

Videos:
Weather for Kids Part 1 - Basic weather terms an information.
Weather for Kids Part 2 - Different types of weather and weather safety