Weather Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Boost your instruction of weather with a quick and engaging in-class activity. Suggestions for extensions and related lessons are also included for deeper exploration of weather principles.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • name and identify different types of weather
  • explain what causes different types of weather
  • apply symbols to weather conditions


30 minutes to 1 hour


  • Notebook paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • Tablets, computers, or projector to access lesson

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4: Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7: Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

Key Vocabulary

  • Weather
  • Air mass
  • Front
  • Cold front
  • Warm front
  • Stationary front
  • Occluded front


  • Begin by playing the video lesson Weather: Definition & Types for the class.
  • Next, ask students pick their favorite city.
  • Once they have selected a city, have them use the paper and pens/pencils to create a mock weather report using the terminology, symbols, and principles presented in the video lesson to explain the forecast for their selected city.
  • Upon completion of the mock weather forecast, students should complete the quiz associated with the lesson.


  • Have students create videos of themselves posing as weather forecasters to present the weather for their chosen city.
  • Ask students to keep a weather log for a week or longer to track the weather in their hometown.
  • Have students research recent weather events throughout the country and explain why and how they occurred.

Related Lessons

Weather vs. Climate: Definition, Differences & Effects

Weather Variables: Air Pressure, Temperature & Density

Understanding Weather Fronts: Types & Their Effect on Weather