Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Rainy Day Fun

This week, we'll continue our study of weather, as well as move on to our next landform in Geography, grasslands.  We'll also be completing another FIAR book, Storm in the Night by Mary Stolz, and tackling vowel sounds.  Today, we focused on rain. 
We read Rain by Gail Saunders-Smith ...
... Rain by Honor Head ...
... Today is Rainy by Martha E. H. Rustad ...
... and It Is Raining by Kelly Doudna.
We then watched this "Sid's Rainy Day Play Date" video from the Sid the Science Kid: Weather Kid Sid DVD ...
... and the "Rain Game" video from The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Tales About Tails DVD.  (You can see the same at
For fun, I also like to throw in some silly reading from time to time.  Today, that silly reading was another poem by Shel Silverstein (from his A Light in the Attic, page 64).  Enjoy!  (Maggie did.)
We then read The Water Cycle by Rebecca Olien ...
... The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story by Neil Waldman (This is a MUST-READ if you are teaching about the water cycle!) ...
 ... and All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon.
Later, we watched this great video, "Wet All Over" from the The Magic School Bus on YouTube.  (She loves The Magic School Bus!)
Four our first project, to illustrate how a heavy cloud ejects rain, we used the idea I found at
http://classroomcollective.tumblr.com/post/16986789221/weather-fill-the-cup-with-water-put-shaving, using a clear cup, water, shaving cream, and blue food coloring.  To start, fill your cup with water, than spray a shaving cream "cloud" onto the top of your water.  Next, add some drips of your food coloring to the top of your "cloud," and watch it get heavy.
In no time at all, the food coloring drips down through the shaving cream, like rain dropping from a cloud!  It was a cool demonstration.
Next, we found this great idea for a rain art project at http://elementaryartfun.blogspot.com/2011/09/rain.html, using black and white photos of your child with an umbrella (like these of Mags, below), blue, green, and purple paint, white paper, water, and a straw.
 First, cut your child's body and their umbrella away from the rest of the photo.  Then, adhere the cut photo to a piece of white paper.
Next, we added some water to our paints to make them soupy.
We then applied some paint to our paper (like a hovering cloud), then blew through the straw to spread it!
I think they turned out great!
I love it!
 Last week, in our Geography study, we learned about deserts.  This week, we'll be covering grasslands and plains.  Today, we read Life in the Grasslands by Catherine Chambers ...
 ... and A Grassland Habitat by Bobbie Kalman.
Here, Maggie is pointing out this week's landform study on our poster.
Check back with us!  We have lots more fun things planned this week!


  1. You might like to try making online snowflakes at http://snowflakes.barkleyus.com/ ... this used to be very popular at Better Homes and Gardens especially leading up to Christmas. Use the scissors to click and snip away paper (start at the edge of the paper), then view your creation. Lots of fun!

  2. Hey, thanks for the tip! We are actually going to be covering show this weekend, so I will keep this in mind! :)