Teaching with a Weather Theme

If you're teaching a weather unit for science or just enjoy thematic teaching, this post will be a great help. There are so many great resources you can use to explore different types of storms both in fiction and nonfiction texts. 

Fun Pinterest Pins

For many of the themes I've blogged about, I've developed pinterest boards. Below, you'll see my board of weather resources. 

Weather Book Choices

If you're teaching a weather unit in science or are looking for ideas, this post is filled with them These book titles can give you a start.
There are many are many wonderful nonfiction options for weather studies.  Our students are expected to know cloud types, weather tools and terms, the water cycle, and about storm types, and I just love the complexity of Seymour Simon and Gail Gibbons, and the simplicity of National Geographic readers for teaching science concepts.  

Pairing nonfiction with fiction is always a great idea when trying to build a theme, so I have also selected a group of my favorite fictional books with a weather theme.  Of these, I personally just love Thunder Cake, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Brave Irene. At the end of the post, I'll link up resources you can use with these books. 
The students in my fourth grade groups are studying weather right now in science, and I put together this set of Close Reading materials. The set includes articles about meteorology tools and terms, cloud types, and storms with graphic organizers and related writing prompts. Here is a preview of the set.

Weather Poems for Concept of Word and Word Work
In addition to these resources, weather lends itself to poetry writing.  Students can create similes and metaphors, and idioms about weather, write limericks or rhyming poetry, and even work on sensory words. I made this poetry set to the left and shared it in a previous post about Concept of Word for young readers.  If you'd like a poem to use as an example of what your students might write, it might work well even though it's intended for kinders.
Finally, I thought I'd share a few video clips I found on Youtube.  There are so many great resources available including weather related books and video programs.  Here are two, but there are many more.  Be sure to check Youtube or Teacher Tube for great interactive clips.  The first one I am sharing is about the types of clouds and the other is about seasons, weather tools, signs, and more.

Cloud Types and Weather Basics-Upper Elementary

Best for the Primary Grades

Fun Classroom Activities

FREE Interactive Notebook Water Cycle Vocabulary Set by Sc
There are so many great weather resources that you can find on TPT that will help your students with this unit.  I have shared quite a few this week on my Facebook page, and I don't want you to miss those, so I'll post them here too.  Definitely pin or save them for later.  There are so many wonderful units included.

This interactive notebook set is fabulous for demonstrating vocabulary. Doodling has become a wonderful tool for students to not only show their understanding, but to provide them with a calming outlet. 

Water CycleThis set includes Water Cycle task cards.  Task cards are so versatile in our instruction.  They work wonderfully for small group instruction, in a game setting, or as review.  This set from Promoting Success will be lots of fun for your students. 

Weather and Climate Powerpoint FREE by Science Doodles
Here is another resource from Science Doodles.  She has several wonderful weather related resources in her store, so certainly stop by and see what else is available.

Weather Word Wall ResourceFor many reasons, having a Weather Word Wall is a great idea. Students can use the words within their writing and refer to them as they are learning the new content.  I love that this is a Print and Go resource.  
The image below is linked to the website, Weather Wiz Kids.  It is a fantastic site with information about all weather concepts as well as many experiment options.  Certainly check it out!

If you are teaching a weather unit in science or just enjoy teaching in themes, check out this post for teaching tips and resources you can use.Rain Class BookI am ending with one of my favorite freebies.  I just love the graphics used by All Students Can Shine, and I think your students will enjoy writing this class book.  For older learners, you might modify with a class poetry book.  

What are your favorite weather themed ideas or resources?  Please share your links below in the linky (as long as they are freebies), comment about them in the comments section, or better yet, link up!  

I hope you find these resources helpful, and that your weather unit is a hit.


  1. I love having my students learn about storms. They are so intrigued by tornadoes and hurricanes that they just won't stop researching! It's great. Thanks for sharing this great post! :)

    1. They are fascinated by them. I'm using a book from our Benchmark Leveled Readers (R or S) called Severe Weather. One of the boys told me he really loved the book. He said, "Isn't it amazing how much destruction hurricanes cause?" So cute!

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    1. You're welcome! I expect we'll duplicate at some point, Teresa, but so far, we've complimented each other well! Thanks for linking up this week.


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