Clancy Wolf, Jeff Ryan
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Lower Primary
  • Climate Science
  • ClimeTime
  • Engineering design
  • K-2
  • OESD114
  • engineering-design
  • k-2
  • preparedness
  • storms
  • weather
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    Education Standards

    Memorable Weather (K-2)

    Memorable Weather (K-2)


    This sequence of instruction was developed in the Growing Elementary Science Prjoject to help elementary teachers who were working remotely.  We developed a short storyline that ties together a few sessions to help explore a specific concept.  We tried to include some activities that honored and included the student’s family and experience, and some that included the potential for ELA learning goals.

    The book “Storm is Coming!” introduces students to the idea of severe weather. Students observe a time-lapse video of a hail storm.  Students interview a family member about a memorable weather event and what that person did to prepare and stay safe.  Students explore the implications of all of their interviews.  Students make plans for how they can prepare for future weather events, including an Engineering Design exercise. 

    It is part of ClimeTime - a collaboration among all nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) in Washington and many Community Partners to provide programs for science teacher training around Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and climate science, thanks to grant money made available to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) by Governor Inslee. 


    ( pdf version: )

    The unit of instruction is centered on answering the questions:

    What kinds of weather and storms do we have here?

    What problems (big and small) can weather cause in your life?


    - Growing Elementary Science Distance Learning Storyline - 


    Ask and Explore 

    Introduce Phenomena or Problem

    Carrying Out an Investigation

    Investigation – discussion questions- support student use of three-dimensions

    Read, Write, Make Sense

    Discuss Results- Read to gather information- Make Sense of our Ideas

    Putting the Pieces Together

    Bring together evidence from activities-synthesize- extending the learning based on student interest


    in Practices 


    Launch and Explore:

    K-2 Ideas:

    Read aloud: Storm is Coming! by Heather Tekavec: 

    Read aloud on YouTube:

    Discussion Questions:

    What is a Storm?

    What patterns did you notice in the book?

    Where did the storm appear in the book?


    Notice and Wonder:
    Video Exploration: 



    Notice and Wonder Jamboard (Save a copy)


    Carry Out an Investigation

    Memorable Weather
    (Interviews) - What storms do we remember? How does weather impact my family?


    How do we prepare for weather hazards?

    Student Handouts: 



    Sense making discussion of memorable weather interviews. Focus discussions towards:

    1. Types of weather events in our/your locale
    2. Actions taken to protect property and be safe.


    Readone or more of these books and ask students to identify any evidence (text or pictures) that they see about the weather or people preparing for the weather.  Create a class anchor chart, organized by season.


    Goodbye/Hello series by Kenard Pak 


    Optional Extension:

    Create the missing book “Goodbye Spring, Hello Summer” with evidence to show the weather (temperature, precipitation, other?) for each season

    Make a Hat Engineering Design Activity

    Students pick a season, identify potential problems due to the weather of that season, and then design a hat that addresses one (or more) of the problems.


    Students draw the hats and, if possible, build and test them.


    HATS Design Student Handout: https:


    Family and


    Discuss with your family weather stories about memorable days.  Draw a picture showing the weather and how it affected your family.

    Student Handouts:





    FEMA and the American Red Cross have free activity books to teach young children and their families how to stay safe during disasters and emergencies through fun activities such as crosswords, coloring pages, matching games, and more.

    Pedro the Penguin is available in many languages and you can even order printed copies for free. https:

    Mickey Mouse is available, too, but you must print. https:



    Video Read Aloud: Storm is Coming (YouTube or read to children via Zoom or similar tool.)


    Video for phenomena


    Jamboard for modeling for sensemaking & Notice and Wonder




             Storyline Launch →  →  →  →  →  →   Investigating → →  →  → →  →  →  Sensemaking




    Standards Alignment

    This document lists the Science AND ELA standards that are/can be addressed with these materials - at the Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade levels.