Weather Themed Lesson Plan Activities For Teletherapy
Weather is a theme that literally all students can relate to in some way, which makes it such a great topic to learn about in speech therapy! Most students have not experienced all types of weather, especially extreme weather, conditions. The beauty of using a weather theme to target speech and language goals is that we can naturally build off of students' prior knowledge and experiences.
Weather is not only a relatable topic, but also a functional one. It's something that students learn about in science. They might even learn about significant weather events in social studies or history. Additionally, weather is a common topic in social interactions with others, as well as something that's shown often on the news.
For this evergreen theme (i.e. it can be used any time of year!), I've collected links to a variety of different weather-related activities that you can use with your students. The best part– nothing has to be printed. Use these activities in teletherapy or in-person using an iPad, computer, or smart board!
Boom Card decks, especially those that target a variety of skills, make it a breeze to use themes effectively in therapy. For me, there is no resource more useful than one that teaches about an interesting topic and targets multiple functional goals.
This resource is designed for older elementary students (grades 3-5) that are working on language goals such as vocabulary in context, comprehension, text inferences, and past tense verbs. It teaches about 8 types of extreme weather, so it lasts across several sessions!
This interactive PDF is the much requested sequel to my National Parks resource for older students. After reading an included high-interest, informational passage about one type of extreme weather or natural disaster (such as tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, etc.), you can easily target higher level language goals with your middle and high school students.
For each of the 8 types of weather, there are 25 multiple choice or short answer questions to target vocabulary and comprehension. Just like the Boom Card deck above, this resource will last you for weeks!
There are a lot of books out there (and I mean a lot) pertaining to weather. Below, I have listed just a few. Search the titles/authors wherever you access digital versions of books (your local library, YouTube, websites, online stores, etc.).
National Geographic Readers: Weather by Kristin Rattini (4-6 years)
The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane by Joanne Cole (for preschool-3rd grade)
Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle (preschool-2nd grade)
Tornado Alert by Franklyn Branley (1st-4th grades)
Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll by Franklyn Branley (kindergarten-4th grade)
National Geographic Everything Weather by Kathy Furgang (8-12 years)
Eye of the Storm: NASA, Drones and the Race to Crack the Hurricane Code by Amy Cherrix (middle school)
Websites and Games
Weather and Climate Change Activities on the website for Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies
Tons of weather related activities and articles on the Weather Wiz Kids website.
This video on the NASA website explains the difference between weather and climate.
The National Geographic website has a resource library full of media (including videos, photos, and PDFs) about different types of extreme weather.
This video gives an explanation on what makes weather 'severe'.
Articles & Activities for Older Students
Global Weather on ReadWorks discusses wind-related weather events.
How the National Weather Service affects our lives on Newsela tells about how the NWS helps people by forecasting dangerous weather.
This article, entitled Hurricane forecasting enters the drone era on Newsela, shares about advances in hurricane technology.
How Water Loss Affects Biodiversity on ReadWorks tells about the consequences droughts have on living things.
Thunderstorms Types on ReadWorks gives detailed explanations of various types of thunderstorm cells.
This article on TweenTribune tells about a rare weather phenomenon that spontaneously produced snowballs in Idaho.
Your students will love learning more about the topic of weather, and you can keep the information and activities as simple or complex as works for your students! With this theme, the sky's the limit! #NoPunIntended
If you want an organized way to hang on to all of these links, make sure to add this FREE spreadsheet of links to your Google Drive!