Key Takeaways:

  • Early spring is the perfect time of year to teach your students about weather and climate.
  • Interactive lessons and activities are a great way to engage students in learning about weather.
  • From wind and rain to the water cycle, Scholastic Teachables has everything you need to teach your students key science topics like weather and natural science in a fun, hands-on way.
  • By now, you and your class are longing for the warmer days and the welcome signs of change that usher in early spring. But the new season also brings wind, rain, and strong storms­—making this the perfect time of year to teach your students about weather and climate. These 5 fun, interactive, ready-to-go lessons and activities from Scholastic Teachables will help make teaching those topics a breeze!

    For learners in grades K–3, try these spring-themed science units, the perfect tools to show your students just how fascinating, and powerful, wind and rain can be. Each unit includes more than 25 pages of content-area vocabulary, hands-on activities with step-by-step instructions, reproducibles, extension ideas, and take-home materials to promote learning beyond the classroom.

  • Windy Weather/Flying Things has students explore wind and its impact on daily life. Hands-on investigations and projects include making a wind sock and wind vane and using them to study the weather, as well as things that fly—from dandelion seeds to airplanes.
  • With Rain Comes and Goes/Seeds and Soil your class can celebrate the water cycle and plant growth. Activities include a demonstration of how rain forms, building a rain gauge, and sprouting plants from seeds.

Students in grades 2–3 and beyond will love these 3 make-and-learn projects devoted to wind, water, and strong storms:

  • From gentle breezes to the jet stream, Windy Weather takes students from one end of the Beaufort scale to the other. Students make a a mini-book featuring an interactive wheel that compares the different intensities of wind.
  • The Water Cycle teaches your students everything they need to know about freezing, melting, condensation, and evaporation with a fill-in-the-blanks book and fun interactive spinner.
  • And with Stormy Weather, your students follow the birth of a thunderstorm and learn what makes thunder, lightning, and hail by creating their own lift-the-flap mini-book.
  • There’s no better way to welcome spring than by incorporating fun, interactive projects about weather and climate into your lessons! With ready-to-go, hands-on activities, your students will create their own interactive, dimensional projects that reinforce key science concepts through tactile and visual learning. Resources in the article are free to Scholastic Teachables subscribers. Not a subscriber? Sign up now, and get a 30-day trial, or purchase each resource a la carte through the links above.