“What makes it rain?”
“Where does wind come from?”
“Why does it snow?”
If you’ve ever had to scramble for an answer to these questions from kids, then you need to start a weather unit study! This weather thematic unit will teach kids everything they need to know about weather through science, technology, engineering, and math!
Kids will have a blast learning about weather with these simple weather STEM activities activities.
STEM -FOCUSED THEMATIC UNIT FOR TEACHING WEATHER
In no time, you and your kids will be able to answer the biggest weather questions and tell anyone how weather works.
WHAT IS A THEMATIC UNIT?
A thematic unit is a comprehensive teaching plan. All subjects that you teach align with the overall theme. If your theme is weather, then all subjects in the classroom will focus on weather. In science, you’ll learn about weather patterns and temperature. In language arts, you’ll learn using books about weather and weather vocabulary.
In social studies, you’ll learn about weather trends, global warming, and how climate affects history and people. In math, you’ll learn concepts related to weather, like how to track temperature and will use weather-related concepts in math problems.
A thematic unit is a fun way to bring a single topic into everything you’re learning at that time. And there is no better time to learn about weather than in spring!
WHY TEACH USING THEMATIC UNITS?
In school, subjects can become disjointed. Nothing learned in history seems like it’s related to science. Nothing in math seems to line up with English. This can make it difficult for kids to see how all subjects are used together in real life.
A thematic unit is a fun way to bring everything that a class is learning under a central theme umbrella. And as a teacher, sometimes it’s easier to come up with hands-on teaching ideas if you’re looking for specific theme ideas.
HANDS ON WEATHER THEMATIC UNIT IDEAS
Use these weather theme ideas to teach kids about the science behind weather patterns and where their weather comes from.
EXPAND YOUR WEATHER LEARNING WITH THESE TOOLS
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4M Weather Science KitScientific Explorer Wacky Weird Weather Kit4M KidzLabs Weather Lab Science KitDiscovery Kids Extreme Weather by Horizon Group USAToysmith Weather Station & Weather Science KitSmartLab Toys You-Track-It Weather LabWhat Will the Weather Be? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)SmartLab You Track It Weather Lab! For Ages 7+ Extreme weather fun facts! You can even go online and download weather charts, great for science fair projects!Discovery Kids Extreme Weather Tornado Lab
SCIENCE WEATHER ACTIVITIES
Try these amazing science weather activities!
Water Cycle in a Bag from Playdough to Plato
Weather Sensory Bottles from Two-Daloo
Make Your Own Cloud from The Outlaw Mom
Temperature Experiment from Coffee Cups and Crayons
Simulate a Blizzard in a Bag from Artsy Mama
What Causes a Thunderstorm Experiment from Life with Moore Babies
Make a Hurricane from Gift of Curiosity
TECHNOLOGY WEATHER ACTIVITIES
These technology weather activities show how technology is used to predict weather.
Make Your Own Thermometer from What Do We Do All Day
Making Electricity Experiment from Learn Play Imagine
Make a Rain Gauge from Science Sparks
Build a Working Hygrometer from Planet Smarty
ENGINEERING WEATHER ACTIVITIES
There is a lot of engineering that goes into weather prediction!
Build an Anemometer from Parenting Chaos
Make a Weather Vane from Deceptively Educational
Building a Weather Station from Gift of Curiosity
Make a DIY Wind Turbine from Instructables
MATH WEATHER ACTIVITIES
Boost math skills with these math weather activities!
Weather-Themed Counting Clip Cards from Playdough to Plato
Rainbow Math Game from Housing a Forest
Weather Forcast Math from Teach Mama
Rain Cloud Addition from A Little Pinch of Perfect
Graphing Weather Patterns from Teach Preschool
WEATHER BOOKS FOR KIDS
Kids will love reading these weather themed books!