I have always used some kind of weather graph in my classrooms. They’re a great way to teach children math and science skills, as well as critical thinking. Plus, the kiddos always seem to enjoy being a “weather reporter”! I thought I’d take a moment to share how I used my preschool weather chart in the classroom.
How we use our preschool weather chart
I print out a new weather graph each month, back it with construction paper, and place it next to our calendar. Every day, our weather reporter checks what’s going on outside. She then documents the results on the graph. We tend to use a different color marker for each weather category, but we’re not always consistent with this. The students make a few observations about the calendar each day – “Oh, rainy has 3 now!”, “I think sunny’s going to win!”, etc.
At the end of each month, we have a longer discussion about the preschool weather chart. The kids and I count how many of each weather we’ve had that month. Sometimes I write the appropriate number at the end of the line, sometimes the children do so. Then we compare and contrast the weather, discussing more, less, and equal. We also talk about the seasons and what kinds of weather to expect for each one. We then declare a “winner” in the month’s weather, which always entertains the children.
We keep the graphs from each month throughout the school year. I laminate them, hole punch them, and create a weather book. It’s updated each month, and we keep it in our reading center. It is consistently a hit with my students, and it has been every year I’ve used it! I love it when the kiddos come to me randomly, exclaiming over a new observation they’ve made — “Look! In September we had 10 sunny days, and in April we did too!”
Kindergarten and preschool weather chart
I made my own weather graph years ago, and I tweak it every few years. Right now, it includes a variety of weather patterns – sunny, rainy, cloudy, snowy, windy, and foggy. Here’s a (free) generic black and white copy of the graph I use.
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