Sunday, March 25, 2012

Cloudy With A Chance of Weather



We've just completed our weather unit and we've tried some really neat things! We recorded the weather each day for a week.






We wrote "weather words" in our journals and even illustrated the pictures.






One of my students gave me these wonderful weather wheels for Christmas. We colored the wheels and put them together, then used them in our circle time weather watching activities.







The publishers over at Scholastic's "Clifford The Big Red Dog" preschool classroom magazines sent us a class supply of the weather issue to try out. We used them as a small group activity, reading together and doing the activity on the back. We especially enjoyed the rainbow, as we've been learning about the colors that comprise a rainbow. Thank you, "Clifford The Big Red Dog" magazine, and especially, Janice, for sharing these with us! We really enjoyed them!











We tried some really cool experiments to simulate weather and cloud processes. This experiment allowed use to see how clouds fill and then rain falls.



This experiment helped us "see" condensation and rain.









We made some cloud murals after reading "It Looked Like Spilt Milk".






We found a way to incorporate some movement in with our weather activities. The teacher calls out a weather word, and the students have to "be the weather"!




Here are some of our favorite weather themed books:


 

 

 



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6 comments:

  1. Yay! I'm getting my weather unit ready...I love your ideas! I'm going to "steal" your idea of recording the weather each day. Cute!

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    1. Thanks, Jessi! I wasn't very specific, so each child recorded a little bit differently. I like when they find their own way to do something!

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  2. Great ideas!!! I like these. My little baby girl like different things to do and I think this will be enjoyable for me also when I'll see she is making this.

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  3. When the rain is really heavy, it's great to put a plastic bowl on your head and to go outside and hear the rain fall on the bowl. Another favourite activity is seeing how many raindrops we can catch on our tongues.

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  4. Great ideas! I'd love to know details on the shaving cream water cycle experiment. Thanks! I can be emailed at tiianorsym@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for your comment! The shaving cream experiment is quite easy to do. Simply fill a clear container (cup, vase, fishbowl, etc.) with water. Squirt a large dollop of shaving cream on the top and drop several drops of food coloring on top of the shaving cream. The drops will fall into the water.(Very easy to do, a bit more difficult to explain.) Good luck!

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