Children can learn about the weather by using weather charts with help of their parents or teachers. Weather charts are used in various ways, primarily to display weather predictions using boxes. Each box represents one day of weather and normally shows a picture of what the weather for that day will look like. Each box also shows temperatures, such as the high and low predictions for the day. Weathermen illustrate the conditions for the upcoming week using a chart that shows these items. Children using weather charts normally do not use predicted temperatures, but rather record actual temperatures.
Individual Weather Charts
Write the title of this activity on the top of a page of construction paper, such as "Monthly Weather Chart" or "Five Day Weather Report."
Make columns on the paper. Use a ruler and make columns for each day of the week. You can either choose five days or seven days for a full week. Write in the days of the week in the columns. You can make the chart good for one week, or multiple weeks by adding more rows in each column.
Make boxes. Under each column title, create a box that allows the student to write in the weather for the day. For a younger child, ask him to write one detail about the weather. For example, if it is a sunny day, have him draw a picture of a sun. If it is raining or cloudy, he can draw rain or clouds. Each day, he must observe the weather and write something in. For an older student, have her find out the temperature that day and write it in. She can also write a description of the weather or find out the barometric pressure.
Classroom Weather Chart
Make columns on a poster board. If you are using this chart as a classroom activity, create one large chart that all the students can participate. Choose how many days you will do this activity. Some teachers may do this as a normal part of each school day. If this is the case, create one chart for each month during the school year.
Write in the names of the days or months. Depending on how long you will use the chart, write in the days or dates. Make a box for each day.
Write in the weather each day. Each morning or afternoon at school, have a time to fill in the weather. Use this activity as a classroom activity allowing the children to participate in filling in the boxes. For additional fun, ask students to guess the temperature and then find out the real temperature and write it in the box.
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