Observe and categorize pictures showing different types of weather with this sorting activity.
Weather Activities for Preschoolers and Kindergarteners
Are you looking for a hands-on activity to help your students distinguish between different types of weather? While there are many different types of weather, young learners often begin by differentiating between weather types such as sunny, cloudy, rainy, and snowy weather. Teach Starter has created a sorting activity with 24 cards featuring high-quality photographs to help your students identify different types of weather.
Students will sort the weather images individually or in small groups under the corresponding weather name. Once there are 6 cards for each weather category, answers can be checked using the answer keys provided.
This activity is designed to help students see realistic images of different weather patterns so they can sort them into appropriate categories.
Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding
A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your science lessons.
In addition to individual student work time, use this sorting activity to enhance learning through science centers or whole class lessons.
If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts:
🆘 Support Struggling Students
To scaffold for students, instead of sorting between four weather categories at the same time switch it to two and then build towards all four.
➕ Challenge Fast Finishers
In the provided blank headers, teachers can extend this resource by adding the names of seasons and having students sort the images into that category.
🖼️ Gallery Walk (Scoot Activity)
Hang all of the cards around the room. Assign students or pairs to a task card to start, and have them identify the type of weather they see. When you say “Scoot” students will rotate through the cards until they have completed each one. Lead the class in a discussion, or divide students into groups to share the information they collected and the evidence they examined.
Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies!
Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students
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This resource was created by Lauren Borst, a teacher in Indiana and a Teach Starter Collaborator.
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