Bonnie Waltz, Deanna Mayers, Tracy Rains
Physical Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Upper Primary
4, 5
  • Atmosphere
  • Climate
  • Science
  • Weather
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    Weather vs. Climate

    Weather vs. Climate


    It’s a sunny day where you live. So that means you must live in a warm climate! a sunny day just the weather? Hmmm.. weather and climate are related but they mean different things. In this seminar you will learn about the difference between weather and climate. You will be able to apply your past knowledge of weather to this seminar. By the end of this seminar, you will be able to classify outside conditions as either weather or climate.


    Standard 3.3.4.A.5

    Describe basic weather elements. Identify weather patterns over time.


    Introductory warm-up activity.

    Rain in the desert?! Create an instagram caption for this photo.


    Read or watch the resources to learn about this concept, then do the practice activity.






    Read this article to learn more about weather vs. climate. Stop when you reach the heading “Who Studies Climate Change?”

    Fill out this graphic organizer as you read the article above.


    Watch this video to discover the difference between weather and climate.

    Fill out this graphic organizer as you watch the video.


    Play this match game to sort weather conditions into the matching box: weather or climate.


    Discuss your ideas / opinions / understandings.


    Explain the difference between weather and climate.


    Now it is time to self check how much you have learned about the art of language.  If you do not know as much as you thought, go back to the “Explore” section of this seminar and reread, rewatch, or redo the activities listed.  See your facilitator if you have questions.

    Click here to take the quiz online. You do not have to log into the quiz site in order to take this quiz. If a window pops up asking you to sign up for the quiz site, just close the sign-up window and start your quiz.


    This is a task or project where you can show what you know.


    Many people do not understand the difference between weather and climate. How can we educate others? Create a public service announcement (PSA) to teach your community about the difference between weather and climate. Choose one of the formats below for your PSA. Use this rubric to guide your project.

    Types of Activities:

    • Film a commercial

    • Create a brochure

    • Make fliers


    Complete this wrap-up activity where you reflect on your learning.  

    Write a paragraph to reflect on the follow question:

    How were the strategies, skills, and procedures I used effective for this assignment?