ESL Kids Lesson Plan – Weather Elements and the Sky (age 3-5)

Objective: #

Students will be able to identify the basic weather elements.
Students will engage in songs, crafts, and activities to reinforce their learning.
Students will develop an appreciation for the world around them.

Materials Needed: #

Colored paper, cotton balls, glue, markers, crayons
Instruments like tambourines, drums, etc. for songs
Weather-themed storybooks
Internet access or CD player for playing songs

Introduction (10 minutes): #

Day 1: The Sun and the Sea
Activity 1: Introduction to the Sun
Begin with a discussion: “What do you see in the sky during a sunny day?”
Read a short story or poem about the sun.
Activity 2: Craft – Sun Plate
Students create a sun using a paper plate, coloring it yellow and adding sun rays using colored paper strips.
Activity 3: Introduction to the Sea
Ask: “Where does the sun rise? Over the sea! Have you been to the sea?”
Discuss the sea and its relationship with the sun.
Song: “Mr. Sun”
Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me.
Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,
Hiding behind a tree.
These little children are asking you,
To please come out so they can play with you,
Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun,
Please shine down on me.
Day 2: Rain and Clouds
Activity 1: Rain Sounds
Allow students to mimic the sound of rain using their fingers tapping on the table, on their laps, etc.
Activity 2: Craft – Cotton Clouds
Students glue cotton balls on blue paper to represent clouds. They can then use blue crayons to add raindrops.
Song: “Rain, Rain, Go Away”
Rain, rain, go away,
Come again another day.
Little children want to play,
Rain, rain, go away.
Day 3: Wind
Activity 1: Wind Blowing
Discuss how wind feels. Let students blow paper pieces to mimic wind.
Activity 2: Windy Day Drawing
Students draw a scene of a windy day, e.g., trees bending, hats flying away, etc.
Song: “The Wind is Blowing”
The wind is blowing, oh so strong,
See the trees sway along.
Hats fly away, kites in the sky,
Watch the birds as they fly high.
Day 4: Snow
Activity 1: Snowflakes Falling
Discuss snow and its characteristics. How it’s cold, white, and falls from the sky.
Activity 2: Snowflake Craft
Using white paper, students can cut out snowflake shapes.
Song: “Snowflakes, Snowflakes”
Snowflakes, snowflakes, dance around,
Snowflakes, snowflakes, touch the ground.
Soft and white, fall without a sound,
Snowflakes, snowflakes all around.
Day 5: Recap and Fun Day
Activity 1: Weather Sorting Game
Print or draw pictures of different weather elements. Let students categorize them.
Activity 2: Story Time
Read a comprehensive story that incorporates all weather elements discussed.
Song: “What’s the Weather Like Today?”
What’s the weather, what’s the weather,
Like today, like today?
Is it sunny, is it rainy,
Is it windy out today?
Assessment: Through discussions, crafts, and songs, ensure students can identify each weather element and describe its characteristics.

Extension: For extended learning, introduce simple weather instruments like a thermometer or a wind vane. Also, you can have a themed dress-up day where students dress according to their favorite weather!

Remember, the key to teaching young children is repetition and engagement. The songs, crafts, and discussions should be interactive and fun. Adjust according to the pace and interest of your students.

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