Wild Weather

Thundersnow in December? Snow in May? Do strange weather phenomena ever leave you wondering about the weather? We do too! Let’s explore weather this week!

Start by having students share what they know about weather. Make a list or chart to track what students already know. Lead into a discussion about what students want to know about weather. Make another list or chart. The previous discussions can be as a class or in small groups with the small groups reporting back to the big group.

Guide students as they design an experiment(s) (either in small groups or as a large class group) to learn more about weather, observe weather, record weather data (depending on what direction students want to go). Relate the study of weather back to the effects of weather on wildlife habitat, water quality, human impacts, and other natural resources impacts. Have small groups report back to large group by creating a multimedia presentation.

Check out Project WILD’s “Stormy Weather” for a great activity that will take your students through a simulated storm.


Helpful Links

Snowstorm in May

What is Thundersnow?

The Weather Channel for Kids

Weather Web for Kids


Cross-reference to these units:

WILD – Iowa’s Wildlife Resource Base