To extend the weather graphing experience over time, the children help to create a weather caterpillar…

Each day, the children add a new circle to their weather caterpillar and discuss the patterns in the weather. As you can see below, the weather pattern is “rainy, rainy, cloudy, cloudy” (AABB)…


In the younger classes, the teacher has premade weather symbols that are added to the caterpillar each day. In older classes, the weather helper of the day designs the weather symbol to add to the caterpillar…


The weather caterpillar continues to grow throughout the month and spread across the room. As the caterpillar grows and changes, so does the weather pattern…

The continuous discussion on weather symbols begins to show up in the children’s drawings…

I often like to observe what the children are drawing during their free play in the writing center. Through their drawings, they often express their own understanding of and interest in the concepts they are exploring…

 

Links to Grow on….

Patterning+Caterpillars=Patternpillars! by Preschool Lesson Plans

Balloon Print Caterpillars by Moments of Mommyhood

What is the weather like today? by A Place Called Kindergarten

Books about weather