Classroom Resources

Monthly Themes


Writing Prompt


Many stories take place during storms. Have students write a story in which the weather plays a major role in the plot.


Grades K–2: Science
Weather Safety Tips

Do your students know how to prepare for bad weather? Have them brainstorm some common-sense tips with this fun activity.

Grades K–3: Science
The Color of Weather

Have your child color weather-related pictures and learn more about rain, wind, and storms.

Grades 1–5: Science
Be Prepared!

Quick! There's a hurricane warning. Do your students know what might cause a problem in the front yard?

Grades 1–8: Science

Test students' knowledge about weather.

  • Weather (grades 1–2) (PDF file)
  • Weather Answer Key (grades 1–2) (PDF file)
  • Weather (grades 3–5) (PDF file)
  • Weather Answer Key (grades 3–5) (PDF file)
  • Extreme Weather Challenge (grades 6–8) (PDF file)
  • Extreme Weather Challenge Answer Key (grades 6–8) (PDF file)
Grades 1–8: Science/Language Arts
Word Finds

Have students find words related to weather hidden in a puzzle.

  • Weather (grades 1–2) (PDF file)
  • Weather Answer Key (grades 1–2) (PDF file)
  • Weather (grades 3–5) (PDF file)
  • Weather Answer Key (grades 3–5) (PDF file)
  • Weather (grades 6–8) (PDF file)
  • Weather Answer Key (grades 6–8) (PDF file)
Grades 1–8: Science/Language Arts
Word Scrambles

Can your students unscramble these weather words?

Grades 2–3: Language Arts/Science
Let's Talk About the Weather

Inspire your students to write stories about dramatic weather.

Grades 2–4: Science/Mathematics
Weather for a Week

Turn your students into weather observers for a week. Have them track and record your local weather.

Grades 2–4: Science
Who Has Seen the Wind?

Wind is one of the most powerful forces affecting weather and, therefore, our daily lives. Have your students observe wind and see what they can learn about this invisible force.

Grades 2–8: Science/Mathematics
Hear Thunder? Do Math.

Have students learn the simple math it takes to determine how close a thunderstorm is. Then have students take a quick quiz on lightning safety.

Grades 2–8: Science/Mathematics
All in the Angle

The angle at which sunlight hits the earth helps to determine seasons and, eventually, the weather. Have students experiment with flashlights, watercolors, or popcorn to understand this concept.

Grades 2–8: Science
Hurricane Hunter Plane

Scientists need more than just satellite pictures to understand a hurricane. That's why they send hurricane hunter planes right into these storms. Have students build a model plane, using simple materials.

Grades 3–6: Language Arts/Social Studies
The Reason Behind the Rainbow

Have students explore pourquoi tales, which give colorful explanations for things that happen in nature. Then have them write their own folktales explaining the origins of various types of extreme weather.

Grades 3–8: Science
Round and Round It Goes

Powerful winds spin warm water around and around to create a hurricane. Help kids understand the spiral effect of a hurricane.

Grades 4–6: Science/Social Studies
You Are Your Weather

How does weather affect the place you live and your daily life? In this activity, students will investigate the weather in your state from the point of view of a visitor and draw pictures illustrating its effects.

Grades 4–8: Science
Action Kids

Help students become a FEMA Disaster Action Kid by learning what to do in an emergency. Have students earn a certificate by completing the activities and filling in a form.

Grades 4–8: Science
“Pop” Quiz

What happens when a hot air balloon rises to 10,000 meters? Have students make observations and learn the answer.

Grades 4–8: Science
Rain, Rain, Come My Way

Water, ice, and a small plate are all that is needed for students to create perfect rain conditions.

Grades 4–8: Science
Pressure Measure

Have students build a basic barometer, using chewing gum and a few other simple supplies. You can substitute the plastic tubing with a sturdy plastic straw.

Grades 7–8: Science

The weather is mighty bad in Tornado Alley. Residents need all the weather spotters they can get. Have your students play the role of storm chaser by identifying weather conditions and reporting back to headquarters.

Grades 7–8: Science/Mathematics
Number Conversions

If it's 75 degrees Fahrenheit, what is the temperature in degrees Celsius? Have your students compute the answer. Your students can also convert wind-chill factors, relative humidity, and the heat index.

Grades 7–8: Science/Language Arts
Crossword Puzzle

Have students test their knowledge of weather.

  • Weather (PDF file)
  • Weather Answer Key (PDF file)

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