Weather has long fascinated me and it fascinates most kids because it is such a powerful force sometimes. It can make your day absolutely enjoyable on a bight sunny day or it can be incredible to watch on a night with crazy thunderstorms. Snow is usually most kid’s favorite as well. After all, it’s the weather they get to play in!
If you are starting a study on it in your home or classroom, here are some excellent weather unit study resources to help you build a great unit on weather.
Weather Study Unit Resources
Weather Lesson Plan Ideas
Plan It! has an awesome set of weather study unit lesson plan ideas for all ages all the way through high school. Lessons include hurricanes, jet streams, and even weather preparedness.
This Stormy Weather Lesson Plan from Discovery is for grades 6-8 but could easily be adapted for older or younger kids.
Weather Lapbooks and Printables
Homeschool Helper Online has a great Weather Lapbook for older and younger kids. It talks about advanced weather vocabulary as well as simple lessons like types of clouds.
Weather Crafts, Experiments and Tutorials
Weather Wiz Kids has a page of tons of science experiences to teach kids about weather for all age groups. Your kids can make frost, learn about tornadoes, and learn about the doppler effect.
MetLink has a resource page with links that tell you how to do some great weather science experiments with YouTube videos, PDF’s and more.
This Homemade Rain Gauge from a plastic bottle by Whole Home News looks like a great addition to your weather unit.
Weather Videos and Clips
Accuweather has some good videos on current weather happenings.
Science 4 Kids has good educational videos on weather for various weather happenings such as tornadoes, lightening strikes and dust storms.
Additional Weather Resources
Weather.com has great videos, information, and other educational weather links to help you put together a weather unit. You can see national as well as international weather news.
Weather.gov is a great resource for videos, jet stream information and audio presentations.
National Geographic has some great weather educational pages.
The American Meteorological Society has weather education sections that are specifically for teaching about weather in classroom settings.
Books about Weather for Kids and Weather Teaching Tools
The Everything Kid’s Weather Book by Joe Snedecker
Storms! A Weather Book for Kids by Jacob Smith
The Weather Wizard’s Cloud Book by Jim Duncan
More Educational Resources for Kids