Learning about weather is an integral part of your elementary students’ science journey. These weather fact cards for elementary students (free printable) are a great addition to any weather unit.
Why is it important for your kids to learn about the weather?
Having discussions with your students and making observations about the weather are great ways to explore earth science.
Since the weather is always changing, weather can be both observed and measured which creates great hands-on and engaging learning opportunities for your students.
Besides being important for our students to know for science units, the weather is also something that actually affects them daily. Weather affects where they can go and what they wear.
If families live on a farm or have a garden your kids can clearly see how weather not only affects them but those around them and the plant life or animals around them.
How to teach weather to elementary students?
When I was an early education teacher, eons ago, I started every morning with weather observations and adorable weather song. I had a weatherboard and students were able to volunteer to velcro the image of how the weather was that morning.
Whether your students are young or they are older elementary kids, there are several fun ways to teach them about the weather.
Here are a few ways to teach the weather in your homeschool:
- Share and observe weather daily.
Students can use weatherboards for visual learning with the weather. Your homeschool area can be decorated with a weather poster and weather cards.
Is it sunny today? Is it rainy? With the poster, students can velcro the weather cards each day to show observation.
- Explore weather words and weather vocabulary with your students.
Vocabulary is so important and integrating vocabulary lessons with your normal lesson plans like in the topic of weather is a win/win.
Are your students learning Spanish? Remember to learn the Spanish words alongside the English words for your weather vocabulary as well.
Check out this video to help with learning some weather vocabulary for kids and the fun vocabulary activities below.
Fun Activities for Weather Activities – Yes, students can work on their vocabulary words for weather in worksheets or paper. However, check out some of these cool vocab activities to make weather words fun.
- Kids can keep weather journals throughout the year.
Make a Weather Diary for Kids – Learn how your kids can make their very own weather diary to keep them connected ad logging down to weather. Our weather changes so much which makes a perfect topic for kids to monitor and learn from.
- Watch and read the local weather forecasts.
- Track hurricanes on a map or a piece of graph paper or computer.
STEM Hurricane Mapping Activity – Students may learn about hurricanes and other weather events. However, it is an extra engaging and fun activity to actually track them. Use this resource to do just that.
- Challenge your students with some hands-on weather activities and experiments. Here are a few for you to check out.
Fun Hands-on Clouds Activity – This super simple clouds activity helps kids learn about cirrus (wispy), stratus (layered), and cumulus (puffy) clouds. This activity will go great alongside your lessons on how clouds form.
DIY Weather Vane to Learn About Wind – Your students can make their very own weather vane in order to learn all about the wind. This activity is pe4fect for kids as they can actually test the wind in their own area, even the backyard.
10 Weather Science Hands-On Experiments – Check out these 10 easy weather science activities for kids. This list includes DIY weather vanes, making an anemometer, creating a thunderstorm, making a rain gauge and so much more.
15 Weather STEM Activities for Kids – You won’t want to miss these 15 fun weather STEM activities your students will love. From coffee can condensation, weather graphing, or lightning experiments, there is something for every kid to enjoy.
Cloud in a Jar Science Activity – If your kids ever wonder where clouds come from. A weather unit is exactly what your science student needs. Your kids will love to make a cloud in a jar.
- Finally, don’t forget to teach your students some true, fun, and even freaky facts about the weather.
Here are some educational, fun, and freaky facts to share with your students.
Did you know that:
- Changes in the atmospheric pressure cause the wind we feel all around us.
- Weather, climate, ocean currents, and seasons are all driven by the connection between our Earth and the sun. In fact, the sun generates the weather patterns on Earth.
- Cirrus clouds are made up of ice crystals.
- Some frogs tend to get noisier when it is about to rain.
- Lightening often follows a volcanic eruption of some sort.
- It is known that an actual heatwave can cause train tracks to bend.
There are so many other cool facts about the weather that your students will be curious to learn. That is why printable weather flashcards are a great way for students to learn about the weather today.
Free Weather Fact Cards
Don’t miss these free printable Weather Flash Cards for Elementary Students. This set of weather flashcards (PDF format) of weather facts is a great resource to learn and use with engaging exercises to review what students have learned. Instant download link below.
Students can use the weather cards in so many ways:
- Use the cards first to memorize and review.
- Activities like bingo cards, game cards, or even use them in a matching game.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!