Exploring weather patterns in preschool

Exploring weather patterns in preschool

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


  • Holly Davis Posted March 27, 2011 3:22 pm

    What a neat idea! A very neat way to keep track of the weather. Love it!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted March 27, 2011 6:27 pm

    Thank you Holly:)

  • Kerri Posted March 27, 2011 8:24 pm

    Very clever idea for learning!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted March 28, 2011 1:22 am

    Thanks Kerri:)

  • abbie Posted March 28, 2011 9:26 am

    This is adorable. I love art that you keep adding to. What a clever combination of activities.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted March 28, 2011 8:45 pm

    I do to Abbie:)

  • weather instruments Posted April 3, 2011 6:44 pm

    The thermometer gives you the surrounding temperature. We’ve all grown up with some type of weather thermometer all our lives. The barometer provides a measurement of the atmospheric pressure which tells you when the weather’s changing or likely to change very soon. The rain gauge just catches the rain, when it falls, and tells you how much fell over your area. The windvane and anemometer are two instruments that tell you which direction the wind’s coming from and how fast it’s blowing. There are a few other instruments that you can pick up if you want, like a hygrometer or a psychrometer. Both of them measure the relative humidity, something you’ll want to know later if you’re a begginer.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 3, 2011 9:30 pm

    Wow – that is quite some information! I think I am definitely a beginner:)

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