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Weather Lesson Plan for Preschool

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

This lesson plan teaches preschoolers about the effects of weather on humans, plants, and animals. It includes a video lesson, matching and sorting games, a book, and an optional experiment.

Lesson Objectives

As a result of this lesson, the students will be able to:

  • name different types of weather
  • state ways in which weather affects humans, plants, and animals

Length

  • Approximately one hour. Sections of the lesson could also be split between different days.

Curriculum Standards

Earth Science: In studying earth materials and phenomena, children become aware of key characteristics of Earth:

  • Temperature and weather changes can be tracked over time.
  • Weather and seasonal changes affect the environment.

This lesson plan is based on California standards for preschool education. Please refer to the standards for your state to check alignment.

Materials

  • Access to the video lesson How Weather Affects Us: Lesson for Kids
  • Quiz questions
  • One ''Hot'' and one ''Cold'' sign and photos or objects to represent hot and cold weather activities)
  • Plants! How They Change with the Seasons (Botany for Kids) by Left Brain Books or photographs of plants that bloom in different seasons
  • Matching cards with animals and their responses to weather
  • Materials for writing and drawing

Instruction and Activities

  • Ask students:
    • What types of weather are there?
    • How do you learn about the weather?

How Weather Affects Humans

  • Watch the video lesson, How Weather Affects Us: Lesson for Kids, pausing at 1:14.
  • Hang a sign that says ''Hot'' and a sign that says ''Cold.''
  • Prepare a bag of objects or photos that represent cold and hot weather activities and clothing (hat, scarf, swimming, shorts, boating, sledding, etc.).
  • Students take turns reaching into the bag for an object/photo and then place their object/photo under the appropriate sign for hot or cold weather use.

How Weather Affects Plants

  • Continue watching video lesson, pausing at 1:36.
  • Read the book Plants! How They Change with the Seasons (Botany for Kids) by Left Brain Books. If you cannot access this book, find photos of different plants that bloom during different seasons. Talk about how different plants grow in different seasons as well as in different climates.
  • Take a walk near your school and see what the plants look like in your current season/weather.
  • Extension: Look for a change in weather in the next few days and see if you can compare the plants in different weather (i.e., if you are in a dry spell then have a couple days of rain).
  • Extension: Observe the effects of weather on plants. Plant the same type of seeds in four separate containers. Arrange for two contrasts and have students make observations over several days, such as:
    • a plant in the sunlight and a plant that does not get any sunlight
    • a plant that gets watered regularly and a plant that is not watered regularly

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