Graphing the weather with preschoolers

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on March 27, 2011

in Graphs, Weather Graphs

As I shared previously, graphing with preschoolers is a wonderful way to expand a child’s understanding of their world. The children have been exploring the weather with the use of a graph as well…

On the top of the graph, the children answer the question “What is your favorite weather?” By titling the graph with a question, the children are encouraged to think about and share what they understand about the weather…

The children are invited to add their name under the type of weather they like best. This is a terrific way to reinforce name recognition as well as making the graphing process a personal experience for each child. The children like going back often to find their name on the graph…

Another focus of this display is to recognize different weather symbols and to promote commonly used weather related vocabulary words and terms.

Extending the Graphing Experience

Just as we followed up the ice cream graph with activities related to ice cream, as discussed yesterday, the weather graphing experience is extended by presenting additional activities that are related to weather symbols such as…

Making sunshines…

Making snowflakes…

 

Links to Grow on…

W is for Weather by K is for Kindergarten

Weather Songs and Story Telling by Counting Coconuts

Raindrop Collage by Tinkerlab

Weather Meter by Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers

Rain Painting by Raising Memories

Come on over the Adventures in Mommydom to see all the science activities they have there!

 

Books about weather

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1 Rachelle March 28, 2011 at 2:58 am

It’s posts like this that make me wish I taught preschool! What a fun way to teach graphs and help children see that the children around them may see the world through different lenses. Thanks for including a link to our raindrop collage. It’s been raining here, and we should revisit it this week.

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. March 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Thanks for all your great ideas too Rachelle!

3 Ticia April 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I love the graphs you did. They’re so bright and colorful.

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 1, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Thank you Ticia – colorful graphs are so much more inviting!

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