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Weather Tools – Instructional Slide Deck

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide | 1 page | Grades: 3 - 4

Learn about different weather tools and how to read a weather map with this 20-slide instructional slide deck.

Let’s Learn About Weather Tools!

What are common weather tools used when studying temperature, rainfall, wind speed, etc.? Your students may know some of the basic tools, but plenty of others are worth noting! With this instructional slide deck, your students will learn about the following weather tools:

  • Anemometer
  • Barometer
  • Hygrometer
  • Rain gauge
  • Thermometer
  • Wind vane

In addition, students will practice recognizing different symbols used to represent different types of weather on a map. Students will practice locating these symbols and determining what type is present in different parts of the country.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your science lessons.

In addition to individual student work time, use this instructional slide deck covering weather tools to enhance learning through guided science groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments.

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts:

🆘 Support Struggling Students

If there are students who need additional support, reinforce their understanding of different weather tools by using our Weather Tools Cut & Paste activity. This activity will give students extra practice with identifying different tools and what they are used for.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

Encourage students who need a bit of a challenge to use one of our other weather tool resources, such as our Weather Tools Mini-Book. Students can independently read the book and complete the integrated activities.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the Download button to access the editable Google Slides version of this resource. Please note, the last activity in this slide deck is an interactive drag-and-drop activity. This slide should be completed in “Edit Mode” rather than “Slideshow Mode.”


This resource was created by Madison Evans, a teacher in North Carolina and Teach Starter Collaborator.

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