Winter Weather Week Day 1: Weather Words
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
- Unit Plan:
- Learn winter weather vocabulary
Set Up and Prepare
- Write the following winter weather vocabulary words on the chalkboard or whiteboard:
- Ask children to talk about what winter weather is like. How does it feel when they go outside? What does the sky look like? Make a list on the chalkboard of children's responses.
- Invite children to glance out the classroom window, then brainstorm a flurry of weather words together. Write children's responses on the chalkboard. If children run out of responses prompt them with some of the words in the list.
- Ask children which words have to do with winter.
- Have children circle those words on the chalkboard.
- Ask them to explain their reason for choosing the winter word.
- Have children share their experiences with winter weather. Ask them to:
- Tell about favorite things you do in winter weather.
- Tell about a time you were in a winter storm.
Read Blizzards! by Lorraine Jean Hopping, Cartwheel Books/Scholastic, 1998, New York, New York.
Tell children to imagine that they have to describe a kind of weather to someone who has never experienced it before, a snowstorm to someone who lives someplace very warm. If you wish, have children brainstorm a list of phrase-starters such as the following: It looks like . . . It sounds like . . . It makes you think of . . . It makes you feel . . . Then encourage them to "paint a picture" with words, so that someone reading their description could picture the kind of weather they are describing.