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Weather Unit Presentations and Field Trips

Updated on October 28, 2014
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I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 8.

Weather Unit Presentations, Recipes, and Field Trip Ideas

For the culminating activity for our 4 part hands-on unit on Meteorology and Weather the children presented art projects, lapbooks, and weather experiments they created or performed during the unit. We also had a weather-themed lunch after the children made their presentations. I have also included where we went for field trips during this unit. My lessons are geared toward 2nd-3rd grade level children and their siblings. These are lessons I created to do with a weekly homeschool co-op. We meet each week for 2 1/2 hours and have 14 children between the ages of 1-13. Use these fun lessons with your classroom, family, after school program, summer camp, or co-op!

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Weather Presentation Ideas

Immediately following our Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Lightening Lesson, the children made presentations on weather-related topics. They could choose from any of the below ideas:

1) Weather forecast: I will have a digital recorder, large whiteboard and map of the United States if your child would like to do a weather forecast for us.

2) Science projects: There are lots of great weather projects we were not able to do during our co-op time. Try one out at home, and either demonstrate it for us or simply tell us what you did and what you found out. The website www.weatherwizkids.com, is a great place to find weather-related projects.

3) Art & Weather: Draw or paint a weather-realted picture. Monet and Bruegel both have wonderful paintings you can examine ahead of time to see how they portrayed the weather in their paintings.

4) Creative Writing: Write and illustrate a weather-related book, poem, or lapbook. Here are some potential titles: "Hurricanes A to Z," "Clyde the Cumulus Cloud," or "Lowly Low Pressure."

Umbrella, Rain Drop & Sun Cookie Cutters
Umbrella, Rain Drop & Sun Cookie Cutters

This umbrella, raindrop, and sun cookie cutter set is so cute! You can use them for cutting out sandwiches, cookies, brownies, or jello!

 
Cybrtrayd M010 Rainbow Lolly Miscellaneous Chocolate Candy Mold
Cybrtrayd M010 Rainbow Lolly Miscellaneous Chocolate Candy Mold

Use these molds to make cute rainbow-shaped lollipops or candies.

 
Raindrop cupcakes, storm cloud cookies (Cool Whip on Oreo cookies), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs spaghetti, cloud popcorn, blue jello and cool whip clouds, and more
Raindrop cupcakes, storm cloud cookies (Cool Whip on Oreo cookies), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs spaghetti, cloud popcorn, blue jello and cool whip clouds, and more
Raindrop cupcakes made by poking baked cupcakes with a toothpick and drizzling with liquid blue jello (that hasn't solidified yet) and topped with Cool Whip and blue sprinkles
Raindrop cupcakes made by poking baked cupcakes with a toothpick and drizzling with liquid blue jello (that hasn't solidified yet) and topped with Cool Whip and blue sprinkles

Weather-Related Recipes

After the children made their weather presentations, we ate a weather-themed lunch. Here are some recipe ideas to inspire you:

Pizza Tornado Spirals

Snowball Cookies

Mexican Hurricane Spiral Sandwiches

Macaroon "Cloud" Cookies

Sun & Clouds Lemon Meringue Pie

Rain Drop Cupcakes

Rainbow Popcorn

Snow Cake

R&M International 1985 Snowflake Cookie Cutters, Assorted Designs and Accents, 5-Piece Set
R&M International 1985 Snowflake Cookie Cutters, Assorted Designs and Accents, 5-Piece Set

Snowflake cookies are so much fun to decorate! They are also great for cutting out snowflake-shaped sandwiches. These can be used for the weather unit and then used every year in winter!

 
Sun Small Cake Pan Set of 6
Sun Small Cake Pan Set of 6

You can use these sun-shaped cake pans for muffins or cupcakes.

 
Disappearing on a green screen
Disappearing on a green screen

Field Trip Ideas

During our unit on weather and meteorology, we went to the open house of our local university's meteorology department at which the children got to view numerous tools used for weather detection, practice making weather forecasts in front of their green screen, and more! (Be sure to have your children wear green so that they can "disappear" on the green screens.) We also went to a children's science center which had numerous hands-on weather related activities like a hurricane booth that let the children feel 80mph winds and a mock weather station that allowed the children to appear on the TV screen as they forecasted the local weather. Another great option would be to visit your local TV News Station and request a field trip with your weatherman.

Ready to see the lessons?

Tornado in a Bottle activity from Lesson 4: Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Lightening Lesson
Tornado in a Bottle activity from Lesson 4: Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Lightening Lesson

Make tornadoes and clouds in a bottle, create and use rain gauges, dramatize a storm front, design and eat clouds, race against prevailing winds, and more during this exciting 4 part unit study on weather and meteorology!

This is part 1 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Meteorology and Weather. Conduct experiments and demonstrations on how the sun, soil, and water affect the seasons and weather, dramatize the Earth's revolutions around the sun, and more!

This is part 2 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Meteorology and Weather. Make weather vanes and barometers, act out high and low pressure, blow up a balloon and collapse a can using hot water, make and eat prevailing winds, and more!

This is part 3 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Meteorology and Weather. Make clouds in a bottle, create rain, build rain gauges, form and eat clouds, and more!

This is part 4 of a 4 part hands-on unit study on Meteorology and Weather. Create tornadoes in a bottle, form a hurricane in a mixing bowl, produce lightning and thunder using pie plates and balloons, and more!

This is the culminating activity for our 4 part hands-on unit on Meteorology and Weather. The children presented art projects, lapbooks, and weather experiments they created or performed during the unit. Afterward we had a weather-themed lunch. Recipes are included. Also included is where we went for field trips during this unit.

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      7 years ago

      Great job. I love teaching weather!!!!

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