I just completed my weather packet, “What’s theForecast?” & I’m so excited to do the activities with my Kindergarteners!
I wrote this lesson plan to address one of the Weather & Climate Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for Kindergarten, specifically:
K-ESS3-2: Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather.
Talking about severe weather with young children can be a little tricky – I don’t want to scare them but I want to make sure they understand the importance of why we prepare for severe weather. I found a great picture book to be used as an intro and in conjunction with my lesson plan. It allows me to cover the importance of weather forecasting, it discusses a specific type of severe weather (a blizzard), and it shows how important it is to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather -- everything I need to address the K-ESS3 – 2 standard! The title of the book is Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard. It’s written by meteorologist, Janice Dean.
Janice Dean, known as the "Weather Machine", is a meteorologist on Fox News Channel. She is the mother of 2 young boys and has written this book to introduce young children to the science behind blizzards and chilly weather patterns. It tells the story of an adorable little frog who loves to forecast the weather. He knows how to prepare for a blizzard and he tries to help his friends do the same. The illustrations in the book are adorable! Can you use this lesson plan for your kinders? I'll send out a free packet to the first 2 who comment below!