2nd Grade – Weather



Standard 2-3:    The student will demonstrate an understanding of daily and seasonal weather conditions. (Earth Science)


 2-3.1    Explain the effects of moving air as it interacts with objects.

2-3.2    Recall weather terminology (including temperature, wind direction, wind speed, and precipitation as rain, snow, sleet, and hail).

2-3.3    Illustrate the weather conditions of different seasons.

2-3.4        Carry out procedures to measure and record daily weather conditions (including temperature, precipitation amounts, wind speed as measured on the Beaufort scale, and wind direction as measured with a windsock or wind vane).

2-3.5        Use pictorial weather symbols to record observable sky conditions.

2-3.6        Identify safety precautions that one should take during severe weather conditions.



Teacher Print Resources

  • Weather:  Mind-Boggling Experiments You Can Turn Into Science Fair Projects.  VanCleave, Janice.  Jon Wiley & Sons Inc.:  New York, 1995.

Janice VanCleave is a great author and has many experiment ideas just waiting to be discovered!  This book is full of many weather experiments that can be done with you class.  It would be best to do it as a class because some of the experiments are made for older students.  Nevertheless, it is a great resource to have in the classroom.

  • Nature Scope:  Wild About Weather.  Braus, Judy.  National Wildlife Federation:  Washington, DC, 1985.

This book, although quite old and somewhat outdated, has many weather-related activities that can be performed in the classroom.  There are also outdoor activies and reproducibles for your class.  It has instructions on how to make a Weather Wheel or a Cloud Book.  It also includes games dealing with forecasting or predicting weather and so on.   Another good resource for the classroom.

  • Science Through Children’s Literature:  An Integrated Approach.  Butzow, Carol M. and Butzow, John W.  Teacher Ideas Press:  Colorado, 1989

 This is a very great resource when you are trying to come up with integrated lessons for various types of science lessons.  This book covers many types of sciences, but there is one on water and how it works.  Second graders only hit on water and the water cycle a little bit, but it is still a great resource for the classroom in teacher weather or any other aspects of science.  Plus, it helps you integrate literature in with science which is a great learning opportunity for students.


Online Articles

This article includes many fun and easy experiments.  These would be great to do in front of the class to show the different aspects of weather.  The experiments include making frost, showing what makes thunder, creating fog, showing why the sky is blue, and showing how a rain cloud is created.
This is a great idea to utilize in your classroom.  It has students do research at a given website about tornados and then create a poster to hang up around the school telling them about tornados and tornado safety.  This activity can easily be changed around to fit the local natural disasters that occur in the area in which you live (hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.)  This is a wonderful idea!
This article presents a great idea to use in the classroom, having a Weather Day.  This would be a great way to wrap up the end of a unit on weather and something you could invite the parents to.  Student can show off all they learned and did during the weather unit.  The article provides how to prepare for your weather day and what activities you can do during your weather day.  Great idea.



NSTA Teacher Resources.  National Science Teachers Association,  2009.  http://www.nsta.org/elementaryschool/?lid=hp

This website is a good resource for finding science books and other resources to use in the classroom.  Some of the resources they have available are chapter books, science center objects, and e-books.  These books and resources are all provided by the NSTA.

Internet 4 Classrooms.  Brooks, Susan and Byles, Bill.  November 2000.  http://www.internet4classrooms.com/science_elem_weather.htm

This website is very resourceful.  It includes many interactive games, links to other websites about Weather and includes many activities to do with you class.

The Teacher’s Corner.  The Teacher’s Corner, 1998-2009.  http://www.theteacherscorner.net/.

This website provide many resources for the classroom teacher.  You can find lesson plans, thematic units and activities, reproducibles and more.  There is a Make Your Own Puzzle place where you could make your own puzzle about weather if you can’t find a good puzzle anywhere else.   There are also daily writing prompts that would be good for integrating writing into the unit on weather.  Searching under earth science lesson plans, I got many lesson plans on different aspects of weather and a thematic unit on weather.  Great resource.


Fiction Book

  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

The book is about a town named Chewandswallow, which depends on the weather for their source of food.  The weather then takes a turn for the worse as giant pancakes and hamburgers falls from the sky and the people of the town are forced to move.  This is a great book to start the weather unit off in your classroom because it is silly and students would love to hear it read aloud.  It is also a good way to introduce the different types of weather and how it affects our earth.  Just as the town of Chewandswallow needed it to rain food so they could be fed, we need it to rain so crops can grow and we can be provided with food.


Streaming Videos

  • Types of Clouds. Centre Communications. 1999.  Discovery Education.  3 December 2009

This videos talks about the different types of clouds you see in the sky and what type of weather you will see that day.  It is a very short clip so students will be less likely to get bored watching it.  Also, it shows what people wear and do during the different types of weather.  This is great for second graders because it covers the science standards.

  • Get the Message: A Weather Report.  Discovery Channel School~Discovery Education. 2006.  Discovery Education.  3 December 2009

This interactive video is about weather forecasting and what weather symbols mean.  It is very short and interactive so it will be more likely to keep students attention.  It is great for second graders because it covers the standards in that it discusses weather symbols.  At the end of the video it has questions where students pick out the symbol that goes with the type of weather displayed.  The teacher could pause the video and have the students pick out the symbols.



Magazine Articles

Weather Forecasting

  • “Weather Forecasting.” Kids InfoBits Presents: Weather and Natural Disasters. Gale, 2009.   Reproduced in Kids InfoBits.  Detroit:  Gale, 2009.   http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/KidsInfoBits

This magazine articles forcuses on weather forecasting, its uses, and the tools used in weather forecasting.  It also talks about the National Weather Service and the part that it takes in Weather Forecasting.  It is important for students to know that weather can be predicted and how people can predict the weather.  The teacher could have a local weather forcaster come in and talk to the students about how its done.  Students could also make their own weather forecasting tool.

The Cloud Family

  • Tower, Marie.  “The Cloud Family.”  Fun For Kidz, March-April 2009 v8 i2 p47(1)http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/KidsInfoBits

This magazine article teaches young readers about the different types of clouds that you see in the sky and what they all mean.  In second grade, students are just learning about clouds and the different types and this article is very easy to understand.  This is very educational and can be tied into lessons about clouds. 

Weather Homophones

  • Langston-George, Rebecca.  “Weather Homophones.”  Bluffton News Printing & Publishing Co.  Fun For Kidz, March-April 2009 v8 i2 p23.  http://galenet.galegroup.com/servlet/KidsInfoBits

This magazine article, from Fun For Kidz magazine, is great especially for second grade students because they are learning about homophones.  This article integrates weather and homophones so students are learning two things in once and it is a great integrated activity for the teacher to do with this class.

  • “Storm Chaser!”  Scholastic News.  March 2008 Ed. 2 Vol. 64 No.6.

This magazine issue is full of resources and information for kids.  Students are drawn into the article because it is about a lady who chases storms for a living.  Usually students will think this is cool and it will keep their attention.  I really like Scholastic News issues because they are very interactive.  The backside of the issue has a map and some questions about Tornados that go with the map so students are learning and practicing their map skills as well as learning about Tornado regions.

  • “Here come the Hurricanes!”  Scholastic News.  September 2001 Ed. 3 Vol. 58 No.1.

The article in this edition of Scholastic News, deals with hurricanes.  It is very informational about hurricanes and how fast they can be and the damage they can do.  The backside is very interactive.  It has a bar graph about the Atlantic hurricane season and has questions to go along with it.  This is great because it helps students practice graph reading and they are also learning about tornados.  The teacher could also read Magic School Bus in the eye of the storm to the class and incorporate an activity with that.


Fiction/Non-Fiction Books

  • Weather.  Jeunesse, Gallimard and de Bourgoing, Pascale.  Scholastic Inc.:  New York, 1989

This is a very simple, but very educational book for students.  It is also very interactive and appealing to younger students.  It shows the different seasons and the weather that you typically see during those seasons.  You can also see what peopl are wearing during these seasons, so students learn the appropriate types of clothes for the different season.  You could use this book to introduce weather symbols and how and why we use them.

  • Clouds.  Wandelmaier, Roy.  Troll Associates:  New Jersey, 1985.

This book is all about the different types of clouds and what they mean.  A duck guides you through this educational and informational book about clouds, which play an important part in weather.  You can show the magazine articles “The Cloud Family” with this or a streaming video.

  • Rain or Shine!  Bloom, Jan.  Smart Lab:  Washington, 2005.

This book is very interactive and also comes with a personal Weather Tracker which records wind speed, direction, cloud types and temperature.  The Weather Tracker would be a great resource for the classroom outside of the book.  It could be put in the science center and students can record the weather for today and write it in their journals.  Or you could have it in the front of your class and record the weather each day with the class.  It also includes a cloud chart which can be put up in the  classroom.  The actual book discusses all the different types of weather, how it is formed, and how we measure it.  It is very educational and informational.

  • Wild Weather.  Simon, Seymour.  Scholastic Inc,:  New York, 2005.

This book is 3-D and comes with its own 3-D glasses, so it is very appealing to young students.  The book itself is very educational.  It discusses tornados and hurricanes and the damage it can do to the earth.  It also discusses how these storms are created.

  • Sunshine Makes the Seasons.  Branley, Franklyn M.  HarperCollins Publishers Inc.:  New York, 1974.

This book is very educational on how our sun creates the seasons and the weather.  These is an experiment within the book.  After reading the book, the teacher could actually do the experiment in front of the class so that students can see the earth’s rotation in action and how that creates the seasons and weather.



Weather Wiz Kids.  Wicker, Crystal.  2009.  http://www.weatherwizkids.com/

This website, created by Crystal Wicker is all about weather.  It discusses the different types of weather and has fun interactive games and other activities for students.  It also includes weather careers and links for teachers and parents as well.  Students really enjoy working with this website and they learn a lot in the process.

Weather Channel Kids.  The Weather Channel.  http://theweatherchannelkids.com/.

This website has many different activities that students can do.  The website includes weather games, cool video clips about weather, information on the climate, and reproducibles for students.  It is very educational for students and resourceful for teachers.

Scholastic Weather Maker.  Scholastic Inc.  1996-2009.  http://www.scholastic.com/kids/weather/.

This is an ineractive weather maker for students to discover how weather is made.  You can change the humidity and the temperature poleward and equatorward to see what kind of weather results from these changes.  Very cool!

Web Weather For Kids.  National Science Foundation.  http://eo.ucar.edu/webweather/.

This website is great especially for second grade students because they are learning about clouds.  It teaches the different types of clouds and what they mean.  It also talks about natural disasters like tornados and hurricanes.  It also has a place where you can forecast your own weather.

EdHeads.  EdHeads.  2000-2009.  http://www.edheads.org/activities/weather/.

EdHeads Weather is a website which provides students with the opportunity to learn how to forecast and predict weather.  Students go through an interactive game with two characters who teach you how to predict and forecast weather.

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