Winter Weather Week Day 1: Weather Words
Children learn vocabulary words and use descriptive language to communicate about winter weather.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
- Unit Plan:
Children learn winter weather vocabulary.
- Learn winter weather vocabulary and use it to describe winter experiences
Set Up and Prepare
Write the following winter weather vocabulary words on the chalkboard or whiteboard:
Step 1: 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.
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: Ask children which words have to do with winter.
Step 4: Have children circle those words on the chalkboard.
Step 5: Ask them to explain their reason for choosing the winter word.
Step 6: 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.
- 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.