Weather week started out with dramatic play which was a pretend news room! The kids both enjoyed it and it really set the stage for the rest of the weeks activities. The first day focused on Meteorologists and the tools they use to measure weather. So, we discussed what a meteorologist does and watched a few news casts of the weather. Then we played with the news room and pretended to tell the weather for the day. We also filled out the first day of a daily weather book, did a little weather themed addition and subtraction coloring sheet and made a rain gauge using an empty liter bottle and a sharpie. We finished the day with a little weather reader, a fun snack, and food art using froot loops and marshmallows to create a weather scene.
The next lessons focused on storms. As always, we started with some math and reading practice. Then we got to have fun with a cool science demonstration about how rain is formed.
DIY Cloud in a Jar
- clear jar
- shaving cream
- blue food coloring
1. Fill jar 1/3 of the way full with water
2. Top the water with shaving cream
3. In a small bowl mix water and food coloring together
4. Using a medicine dropper allow the child to drop the blue water into the shaving cream cloud. When the "cloud" becomes full the "rain" will seep out of the bottom into the water beneath.
Our third focus was all about the water cycle. To start we made a water cycle in a bag by drawing a sun and cloud on a baggie filled with a little bit of blue water. We then taped the baggie to a window that gets a lot of sun and waited. After about a day you could see the condensation forming at the top of the bag creating water droplets or "rain".
For the clouds and rainbows theme we began with learning about the different types of clouds and I made a cloud viewfinder to determine what type of clouds were outside that day. Then we did a cloud scavenger hunt and drew a picture of one of the clouds we saw.
We began by discussing what the seasons are and which ones we like best and what kind's of clothing people should wear in each season. Then we decorated trees to demonstrate their appearance in each season using do-a-dot markers. I don't know why Lilly finds these so amazing but she gets so excited when the do-a-dot's come out.