Browse printable weather worksheets, activities, science vocabulary resources, experiments for kids and more ideas for teaching students in elementary school about the weather outside your classroom and around the world.
This collection of curriculum-aligned weather teaching resources was created by teachers with teachers in mind. That means every printable and digital resource has been carefully checked by a member of our expert teacher team to ensure it's classroom-ready, so you save time on your lesson plans!
Looking to get started on the weather, or just need more ways to make this science topic more engaging in your classroom? Read on for a primer from our teacher team!
When it comes to defining weather for students, here's a kid-friendly definition you can use to explain what weather is:
Weather refers to the conditions in the Earth's atmosphere, such as temperature, wind, precipitation and cloudiness. The weather outside your classroom or home is affected by many things, including the amount of sunlight reaching the Earth's surface, the rotation of the Earth and the presence of water vapor in the atmosphere.
Weather can change rapidly, and it can be unpredictable, so it's important to stay informed about current weather conditions and be prepared for different types of weather.
Meteorology — also known as weather science — is the study of the Earth's atmosphere and the weather conditions that occur within it. This includes studying temperature, air pressure, wind, precipitation and other atmospheric phenomena.
Weather scientists known as meteorologists use a variety of tools, such as satellites, radar and weather balloons, to collect data about the atmosphere and predict what the weather will be like in the future. These predictions are called weather forecasts and help us decide what to wear or how to plan for outdoor activities that might be affected by rain, snow or excessive heat.
Weather science isn't just important for telling us what to wear, however! It helps us prepare for extreme weather events, provides important information for transportation and aviation safety and helps scientists better understand the Earth's climate.
Students can act as amateur meteorologists as they learn to record weather information to keep track of what is going on outside of your classroom, including relative temperatures such as hot or cold, clear or cloudy, calm or windy and rainy or icy!
The two words are often used interchangeably, but it's important to impress upon your students that weather and climate are two very different things!
Weather, as we already explained, deals with the conditions of Earth's atmosphere at any given time. It can be termed as the short-term atmospheric conditions of a specific place — such as temperature, wind, humidity, precipitation and cloud cover — over a short period of time, usually a few hours or days.
Climate, on the other hand, is a look at those conditions over a long period of time. It can be termed as the long-term average weather patterns of a specific region or location, usually over a period of at least 30 years.
Weather is a broad, broad topic — to say the least! So what's going on during elementary school weather lessons? Before kids move on to middle school, they should have a basic understanding of the different elements that make up the weather and how they interact with each other. They'll also need to understand weather forecasts and how to use them to plan.
With that in mind, here are the biggest topics to cover:
A set of 12 vocabulary cards used to describe the weather.
Match weather tools with their corresponding picture and description with this cut and paste worksheet.
Use this teacher-created weather resource to teach weather vocabulary. Build a word wall with your students during your weather lessons.
Enhance your students' comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills using a high-interest reading passage about Tornadoes.
Demonstrate understanding of wind speed and direction with this worksheet.
A visual representation of the seasons in the Southern Hemisphere.
Learn about different weather tools and how to read a weather map with this 20-slide instructional slide deck.
A worksheet that explores different types of weather and subsequent observable changes.
Identify proper clothing choices for different weather conditions with this worksheet.
Practice reading thermometers with this set of 24 task cards.
A poster explaining the difference between weather and climate.
Teach your students how temperature, wind, humidity, cloud coverage, and air pressure influence weather with this 18-slide instructional slide deck.
Use this template with your students to create a visual display of the different seasons.
Teach the seasons in English and Spanish with this anchor chart.
Use this teacher-created resource to explore natural disaster vocabulary with your elementary students.
An editable PowerPoint teaching resource about floods and their impact on our communities.
Help children learn about dressing for the environment by sorting clothing items into categories for warm climate and cold climate.
A KWL chart to use when learning about clouds.
An activity for students to demonstrate their understanding of the impact of floods.
Make your weather lessons more fun with a set of 14 weather vocabulary puzzles.
A vocabulary task for students to use when learning about floods.
Measure, record, and graph weather information with a printable mini-book.
A set of beautifully illustrated posters that depict the four seasons and the differences between them.
Help children learn how the environment effects those that live in a specific area with a sorting activity.
Introduce various weather tools to your students with this 12-page integrated activity mini-book.
A worksheet the explores the observable features of the seasons.
Use data tables to answer questions and make predictions about temperature and precipitation with this weather worksheet.
Spinner resource to consolidate your students' knowledge of the different seasons.
A fun way to identify the clouds currently in the sky.
A set of 4 posters highlighting the different types of clouds.
A poster highlighting the different types of clouds.
A cloze activity worksheet to use when learning about clouds.