How Weather Affects Us: Lesson for Kids

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  • 1:14 Plants
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  • 2:22 Rocks
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Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

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Amanda Robb

Amanda holds a Masters in Science from Tufts Medical School in Cellular and Molecular Physiology. She has taught high school Biology and Physics for 8 years.

Weather is such an important factor in the world around us and affects us on a daily basis. Come and learn about how weather affects humans, plants, animals - and rocks!


After you wake up in the morning, what is one of the first decisions that you make? You pick out your outfit, of course! Are you going to wear a pair of shorts with sandals, or are you going to wear your new scarf with a wool sweater? Do you need rain boots? What about sunglasses? The answers to all of these questions will depend on one thing - the weather.

Weather also affects the activities you can do. If it is a particularly hot day, you might choose to go for a swim. If it is snowy, you might choose to build a snowman. Sometimes, your plans change because of weather. For example, if you want to play kickball outside with your friends, you are going to need a 'plan B' if it begins to rain. If you plan a vacation and have to get on an airplane to be there, plans might change if a blizzard or a tropical storm comes through.

Did you know that your health can be affected by the weather? For example, you are more likely to get the flu during cold weather. Extra sunlight you get in the summer can increase your Vitamin D levels, which has many health benefits. However, not receiving enough sunlight can lead to depression.


What do plants need to survive? Air, water, soil, and sunlight. These factors have the potential of being affected by weather. If there is a drought, or a long period of time with no rain, many plants and crops will shrivel up and die. On the other hand, too much rain will also kill many plants. If it is too windy, plants may dry out.


When it gets too cold outside, most people just go in their homes and turn the heat on. Animals respond very differently. Some animals migrate, meaning they go somewhere that is warmer. Birds are well known for migrating south for the winter, but many other animals move homes too, like Monarch butterflies, whales, fish, and elk. Even some bugs and earthworms migrate, but they go further down into the soil!

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Weather Journaling:

In this activity, students will track how weather affects their own lives over the course of a two week period. After journaling, reflect with students on any patterns they saw and how weather affects their personal lives.


Weather plays a big impact on plants, animals and us! Over the next two weeks, you're going to track how weather personally affects your mood and what you do during the day. For each day, record what the weather was like, a description of something you did differently because of the weather (such as wore your rain boots), and how your mood was. You can use words or draw pictures to record your information. After the two weeks have passed, write down your answers to the reflection questions.

DateWeatherWhat You DidMood


  1. How did the weather affect your mood? Did you feel differently when it was raining versus sunny?
  2. How did the weather affect the things you did?
  3. Do you think you would feel differently if you didn't have a home to go inside? Why or why not?
  4. How do you think the weather affects animals, who live outside all the time?

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