‘Tis the season for rain… lots and lots of rain, and these rain activities for the classroom are sure to keep your kiddos engaged, even on the days that it is too wet to go out and play.
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LITERACY RAIN ACTIVITIES
Last year, I stumbled across Storm Is Coming by Heather Tekavec and instantly fell in love.
We also sequence the beginning of the story.
As the animals take shelter in the barn, they anxiously await Storm’s presence. Cat asks, “And who is Storm?” which sets the stage for the personification that follows. As Storm gets closer, the sky grows dark. Dog reassures the animals that dark is good because Storm won’t be able to find them in the dark. Each part of the storm, which the animals don’t realize is actually their fictitious character named Storm, causes a certain effect. The wind will blow Storm away. The rain will wash away the animals footprints so that Storm can’t find them. The lightning and thunder will scare Storm away. As we read through the middle of the story, we discuss each cause and effect.
The story ends with the animals thinking Storm never came. Before I reveal the ending, I read the following passage: But then everything stopped. The sky went silent, and so did the animals. They waited and listened, and Duck flew down to huddle with the others. Again, we use our schema about storms and the clues from the story to predict what will happen at the end of the story.
MATH RAIN ACTIVITIES
We also completed numerous rain activities during our math lessons and center time. This “Cloudy Comparison” whole group activity was an instant hit. First, I chose two students to scoop “droplets” onto each cloud. They counted their droplets, and the class determined which cloud had the greater number.
We extended this rain activity into our independent learning time with this math center.
The kiddos also determined the parts of a whole with this “It’s Raining Number Bonds” activity.
SCIENCE RAIN ACTIVITIES
One of our most favorite rain activities was this “Down Comes the Rain” science experiment.
You can read about this experiment here.
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INTEGRATED RAIN ACTIVITIES
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