So, are you tired of sticker charts and math flash cards? Entice your children with the responsibility of a weather chart. Make a chart that tracks information each day about the weather. Maybe just sun, rain or both for little kiddos, add temperatures at a certain time of day for older kids, or wind, or other details, based on their age.
Yesterday I talked about getting your kids to follow routines, be accountable, and to observe, think and record. Challenge them to keep a daily record of the weather details you have chosen. They are to go/look outside at a certain time/s of day, observe the conditions, come back and record it on the chart you have either made together or given them. A weeklong simple sheet is seen
at right, but you can also make one yourself that involves the child being more involved in the recording and the choices on a grid or table.
If you want to reward them you can do it for following the routine dependably and/or for observing and recording accurately.
Addition: Add the sunny days + the cloudy, but dry days.
Subtraction: Subtract the rainy days from the total days recorded.
Fractions: What fraction of the week was sunny?
More advanced: Make graphs to compare weather.
Ask the chid for predictions.
Have the adolescent design their own format for tracking [see example]
Maybe have them listen to the weather forecast and compare the forecast to what happened.
To keep things fun... make have a schedule of fun mini-treats depending on how many nice days there are in the week....
Have fun with it! The purpose is not to turn them into weather forecasters. The purpose is to keep them watching, following directions, thinking, writing, observing, and taking on and following through on a responsibiity. All great study skills hidden in a light-hearted summer activity.
Image credits: tipztime.com [weather chart choices worksheet]
adaycare.com [four choice weather chart]
ecokids.ca [more advanced, more independent, complex chart]
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