Common-Sense Weather Rules

Science

Children will develop common-sense rules to follow in different kinds of weather.

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Encourage children to name or describe as many different kinds of weather as they can. Record their ideas on the board or on a large piece of newsprint.
  2. Pick one of the suggestions (for example: a rainy, puddly day). Write its description at the center of a circle. Then ask children to picture themselves coming to school on a day like that. What would they wear? Write children's responses outside the circle (or draw them), and then connect them to the circle with straight lines.
  3. Point out that wearing special clothes on a rainy day to keep from getting wet is a common-sense rule for a rainy day.
  4. Divide the class into four teams, each of which is responsible for thinking of common-sense rules for one type of weather (for example: foggy, hot and sunny, or freezing cold). Be sure children understand that their common-sense rules should include not only clothing and special gear, but also common-sense safety rules.
  5. Have teams brainstorm for a set period of time. Then, on poster board, record (or have a student volunteer record) the common-sense rules for each type of weather.
  6. Encourage team members to make drawings of special weather gear for their posters. Or they might draw themselves as “dressed for the weather.” Add the drawings to the poster.

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