Weather Unit for the Changing Seasons

© Carleen Sweeney,m.p.r.

© Carleen Sweeney,m.p.r.

As the seasons change, it is starting to get cold in many areas. It may have already even snowed where you live! This transition between fall and winter is the perfect time to do a weather unit with your kids. Here are some ideas:

  • Discuss how and why the seasons change. The rotation of the Earth means that every country experiences the seasons, but not all at the same time. Explain how if it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere, it will be summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Talk about specific changes with your child. Answer questions like: why is there less daylight in the winter? And why do some places get a lot less daylight than others? You can also discuss why the leaves on trees change color and then fall when the weather gets colder. Or why certain trees do not change at all, even in the winter.
  • Discuss how rain, hail, and snow form with your child. Explain the specific conditions needed for each to happen. You can even get into what causes different types of snow to fall or what causes ice to form on the ground.
  • If you’ve got snowy weather already, take your kids out to play in it! They can explore the conditions themselves, and if you want, even keep a little weather journal throughout the winter so that they can see how common different types of weather are.

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