Rainy Days: Making the Most of the Indoors!

By Eric Antuna on January 21, 2010

Hello all! My post this week is a bit soggy! The rain has really put a damper on all things outside here in the desert and has made much havoc on the roads in my community. I use this extra time with students during the rainy season to connect with them and allow them to enjoy more creative freedom!

What to do on rainy days? Well, here in the Coachella Valley, we have more than 330 days of sunshine every year, so rainy days are very special to us. Here are a few tips that my colleagues and I use to make the most out of these sluggish days. Those of you who work in areas with rainy days more often, please comment and leave us some ideas to use in our classrooms!

Centers

If you know ahead of time, plan a center day. Chances are students may be squirmy and are not able to sit all day. Changing up the routine will allow your students to work off excess energy and give you some time for one-on-one student interaction. Need center ideas? Scholastic.com has a plethora of free and subscription-based worksheets through Printables.

Teachable Moments

Did you hear thunder? Lightning? Wind? No use fighting for their attention, stop and talk about it. Ask students to write what they felt, what it sounded like and make an impromptu classroom book. Have a projector and computer? Check out sites like www.brainpop.com for information to help students  understand a little more about atmospheric conditions.

Practice Facts

Sometimes, you just need a break - have students play games like "Around the World" or simple practice with addition, subtraction, or (dare I say it!) multiplication! This is a nice break for students that are already antsy from the change of schedule.

Hands on Activities

Pull out those manipulatives and have students create patterns, sort, classify and categorize them.

Sing!

Take time to sing!

Scientific Inquiry

Take a cup without water and put it in a safe spot in the rain. After an hour, (or any particular designated amount of time) measure how much rain has accumulated in the cup. Create a graph of your results. Save the graph for the next rainy day to compare the two results.

Poetry

Have students write an acrostic poem about RAIN, RAINY DAY, or whatever word would be appropriate for your day. Then have students cut out a big rain drop and write their poem on it, color/write it with crayons and paint it with water colors.

Eric