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K, 1st, 2nd


Science, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plan, 45 minutes
  • Interactive Media
  • Video, 1 minute, 48 seconds, CC
  • Worksheet
  • Activity - Outdoors

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What is Weather?

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  • In this lesson, students will learn different words to describe weather, see these words in context, and use them to describe the current weather.
  • Students will experience the weather outside with their senses, create a chart of weather words, watch videos about the different types of weather, and identify clues that show what kind of weather is happening.
Teaching Tips


  • The interactive lesson is ideal for emerging readers who can read along with the read-aloud function.
  • The videos include the option for descriptive video, which is a useful tool for students with visual impairments.
  • The lesson plan includes strategies to teach English language learners and kinesthetic learners.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students and teachers will need an account on the PBS website to access the interactive lesson.
  • Some students may need to review the five senses before starting this lesson.


  • Extend this to writing by giving the students the sentence stem, "My favorite weather is..." and have students refer to the chart of weather words to finish the sentence.
  • During reading periods, students can read books about the weather and continue to look for clues that show what kind of weather is occurring.
  • In groups of older students, teachers can lead a discussion about more extreme weather events and their relation to climate change.
Scientist Notes

This resource is from the CLEAN collection. “The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness.”


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Language (K-12)
      • L.1.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 1 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.2.3 Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.K.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
      • SL.1.4 Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.
      • SL.2.3 Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • K-ESS2-1. Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • K-ESS3-2. Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather.
    • PS3: Energy
      • K-PS3-1. Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.
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