Read the book ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.’ Then have your students create their own weather pattern using different shaped and sized noodles. Have them color the noodles, with markers, then glue them down to create the weather pattern.
Take zip lock bags and fill them with small square pieces of tissue paper. Put a straw in each bag and zip the bag shut. Have the children blow the bag full of air and see what happens to the tissue paper. Ask the children what they observed when they blew air into the bags.
Materials: 4 reseal-able plastic bags water white, orange, and black construction paper aluminum foil thermometer paper and pen
Procedure: Fill the bags with water, and seal tightly. Leave the bags outside where they can be left undisturbed, for about an hour. Wrap one bag in a sheet of white paper, one in orange, and one in black. Wrap the 4th bag in aluminum foil. Discuss how the sun’s energy heats water, and have the children make predictions. When the time is up, check the temperatures using the thermometer and discuss the outcomes.
To show the rain cycle to my pre-k’rs, I put 1/2 cup water in a sandwich size plastic bag. I explain to the children that this is a pretend puddle that will help us to find out where water goes. I hang it with some tape on a window in the sunlight. Now we will wait and see what the sun does to puddles. After the bag has hung for a few hours, we look on the sides of the bag for condensation. I will tell the children that clouds are made of little drops of water like those on the bag. After condensation has occurred, I will hold some ice against the top of the bag and then additional water should condense. Some water will drop from the top of the bag while the children watch. The cool air high in the sky does the job of the ice and makes rain fall out of the real clouds like we can make “rain” fall from our pretend clouds.
On the first day of my sky unit I took my pre-k classes outside to observe the sky. We begin by discussing that the sky is always above us. Then we discussed the many and varied things that can be found in the sky at different times of the day or year. (birds, planes, helicopters, hot air balloons, sun, stars, moon, clouds, different types of weather etc..) When we returned inside the children then drew a picture of something that can be seen in the sky. The teachers then wrote the child’s dictation on their picture. Then we displayed their pictures on the bulletin board in our room.
“Bag of Rain”
Put a few spoonfuls of soil in the bottom of a seal-able plastic bag. Add a handful of grass. Pour a spoonful of water over the grass. Place a straw at one end of the bag. Close the bag around the straw. Puff up the bag by blowing in the straw. Now have someone pull out the straw while you seal the bag. Tape the bag to a sunny window. After a while, you may see drops of water forming inside. When the drops get big enough they will roll down the sides. You’ve made rain in a bag.
Use a pen and divide a paper plate into four different sections and have the children draw pictures in each different section of a sunny day, rainy day, cloudy day and snowy day. Make an arrow and poke a hole through the center of the plate and arrow. On each day the children can change their weather dial to the appropriate weather.
We keep these taped up in our room until the weather unit is over.
I work with Special needs children but this idea may be good for others. We fill rubber gloves with water, tie and freeze. Then the children can experience ice without it melting all over! If you wished, take off the glove.