Monday, July 11, 2011

Curious George: Rain or Shine

Teach children the basics of weather watching with Curious George's help!

Zappy, Erica.
Curious George: Rain or Shine.
March 2011.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

Curious George becomes frustrated when weather is able to ruin his plans for the day and decides he needs to figure out how to be prepared for each day's weather and that means he has to figure out how to predict the weather. While George learns about weather forecasting, he shares his knowledge with readers, enlightening the youngest of children about how to predict the basics of weather. The knowledge provided is simplistic, yet realistic, making the book very useful with preschoolers when trying to teach them about weather as a part of each day's calendar time. I know I'll definitely be incorporating this one early on in the year with my Head Start children!

Reading/Learning Activities:
  • Use this book as an introduction to graphing weather each day. Create a graph and help children to fill it in each day. Talk about "reading" the graph - What kind of day did you have the most of each month? The least? Why do you think this is? This could also be useful in discussing weather traits of each season!
  • Create a list for each type of weather. What kind of things do you notice about sunny days? Rainy days? Cloudy days? See if you can find any patterns. Add to your list activities that could be done on each kind of day.
  • In their summer journal, have your child(ren) create a "bucket" list of sorts by asking them what they would like to do on each kind of day this summer - rainy, cloudy, sunny, etc. Surprise them by pulling from their list on each type of day you experience!

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style='clear: both;' Rebecca said...

I like your activities, including the bucket list :) This book would be helpful for many of my students