From the Unit Plan: Air and Weather


The following books are helpful for teaching weather terminology as well as the changes that occur from season to season.

Books for Students

A Busy Year
by Leo Lionni

Students can experience the change of the seasons as charming twin mice care for a special talking tree.

Classroom Tip: Add this book to your classroom library for independent reading.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
by Judi Barrett

Check out what kind of weather is on the menu in the town of Chewandswallow!

Classroom Tip: Share this humorous book to motivate students to explore the weather.

Night Fighter: The Ultimate Book of Paper Planes
by Adam Elliot

Fascinating chapters touch on everything from night fighting tactics to paper airplane folding techniques.

Classroom Tip: This book is a terrific reference tool, providing students with clear folding instructions for creating 20 different gliders.

Weather Words and What They Mean
by Gail Gibbons

Bright, attractive illustrations make the explanation of weather fun!

Classroom Tip: Use this book to introduce a variety of weather vocabulary.

The Wind Blew
by Pat Hutchins

The mischievous wind snatches away the possessions of unsuspecting townspeople.

Classroom Tip: Although this is a book for preschoolers, it can be used as a Read-Aloud to humorously highlight the effects of wind.

Teacher Resources

The Big Book of Reproducible Graphic Organizers
by Jennifer Jacobson and Dottie Raymer, illustrated by Amy Redmond

50 great templates to help kids get more out of reading, writing, social studies, and science.

Classroom Tip: Use the Weather Watcher Chart for recording temperature and weather conditions.

Thematic Poetry: Whatever the Weather — More Than 30 Perfect Poems With Instant Activities to Enrich Your Lessons, Build Literacy, and Celebrate the Joy of Poetry
by Betsy Franco

Add pizzazz to thematic units, daily lessons, and shared-reading time with this irresistible collection of easy-to-read poems.

Classroom Tip: Choose any weather-related poem from this resource to enrich your lessons.

Wild About Weather: 50 Wet, Windy and Wonderful Activities
by Edward Brotak

A fun humorous approach to weather!

Classroom Tip: This book is a fun addition to your classroom weather center and will serve as an introduction to the wacky world of weather.

101 Science Poems and Songs For Young Learners: Includes Hands On Activities
by Meish Goldish

Reinforce basic science concepts through poetry and song.

Classroom Tip: Use these resources to extend weather lessons.