Science Activity

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

What You Need

  • poster board
  • felt-tip pens

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), 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, fog, hot sun, 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.

Teaching Options

Involve family members in developing common-sense rules for different kinds of weather. Divide a paper into quarters and list each set of rules under a descriptive title. Leave space for parents or other family members to add their suggestions.

Refer to the posters as each kind of weather occurs. Encourage children to re-evaluate the rules and amend them if necessary.

Should children become alarmed after hearing predictions of extreme weather (such as blizzards or hurricanes), remind them of their common-sense rules and stress that there are ways of protecting themselves in all kinds of weather. Consult the U.S. Weather Bureau or local authorities for suggested procedures, and share the information with children.