Amazing Weather
Age 7-9: Concept 1 - Environment: Unit 1

In this unit, your child will explore why weather in the environment changes. She will learn how scientists measure the weather, and she will even build her own weather tools. Throughout the unit, she will keep a daily log of the weather in her environment.

This unit can be used independently but is designed to be used in conjunction with the Tornado literature unit.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in third grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Whatever the Weather
  • Lesson 2: Heat and Temperature (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: The Wind (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Precipitation (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Wild Weather
  • Lesson 6: Geography and Weather (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Reason for the Season
  • Lesson 8: Habitats and Weather
  • Final Project: Weather Report

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Describe weather using quantitative measures of temperature, wind direction, wind speed, and precipitation. (Science)
  • Discuss and determine how energy from the Sun warms the land, air, and water. (Science)
  • Gather information using simple equipment and tools. (Science)
  • Give examples of ways living organisms depend on their environments. (Science)
  • Identify and use common tools to measure weather: wind vane (wind direction), anemometer (wind velocity), thermometer, and rain gauge. (Science)
  • Identify characteristics of living organisms. (Science)
  • Identify external characteristics of plants and animals that allow them to meet their needs. (Science)
  • Identify how natural hazards impact communities. (Science)
  • Investigate and describe how moving air interacts with objects. (Science)
  • Observe and record changes in weather and season. (Science)
  • Observe and record the function of animal and plant parts. (Science)
  • Observe and record weather changes over time and relate to time of day and year. (Science)
  • Observe the force of air pressure pushing on objects. (Science)
  • Interpret maps, charts, and pictures of locations. (Social Studies)
  • Define geography and use geographic terms to describe landforms, bodies of water, weather, and climate. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the role of a geographer and apply geographic tools such as maps, globes, compasses, and photographs in the understanding of places and regions. (Social Studies)
  • Identify and describe the people, vegetation, and animal life specific to certain regions and describe their interdependence. (Social Studies)
  • Identify major landforms and bodies of water. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the absolute and relative locations of communities. (Social Studies)
  • Use symbols, find locations, and determine direction using maps and globes. (Social Studies)
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