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Sharon Salmons

A Pathfinder for Shepard First Graders

Weather is all around us every day—whether it is sunny, stormy, snowy, windy, or cloudy. It is always changing. We can see, feel, and hear the differences. We can also measure and compare the changes over time.

To learn more about weather, click on the pictures below to lead you to information in our media center, on the Internet, or in Columbia.

Books & Magazines

Internet Sites

Videos & Video Clips

Search Tools

Community Resources

GLEs & Standards

Books & Magazines

Our library has many items that you can check-out in order to learn about weather. We have factual/non-fiction books, story/fiction books, and informational magazines that can be resources for your research. We also have some reference materials that you may use in the media center. Some examples of each are listed below. If you would like to look for even more library materials, you may use the keywords in search tools.


E 551.48 WAL Waldman, Neil. The Snowflake: A Water Cycle. Minneapolis : Millbrook Press, c 2003.

Simply describes the water cycle by following a single water droplet through its journey throughout the year.

E 551.5 HEW Hewitt, Sally. Weather. Chicago : Children’s Press, c2000.

Explains causes for, changes in, and ways to predict weather.

E 551.6 FOW Fowler, Allan. What’s the Weather Today? Chicago : Children’s Press, c1991.

Simply tells about different kinds of weather in different parts of the world.

551.5 BER Berger, Melvin and Gilda. Can it Rain Cats and Dogs? Questions and Answers About Weather. New York : Scholastic, c1999.

Provides answers to a wide variety of questions about weather.

551.5 FAR Farndon, John. Weather. New York : Dorling Kindersley, Inc., c1992.

Describes many elements and aspects of weather and provides hands-on activities for learning about and experimenting with weather.


E ARN Arnold, Marsha Diane. The Bravest of Us All. New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2000.

It takes an unexpected tornado to prove to Ruby Jane that she, too, is very brave.

E BAR Barrett, Judi. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, c1982.

The Town of Chewandswallow has the most unusual and tasty weather! But, wait until you see what blows in with their storm clouds.

E LAM Laminack, Lester L. Snow Day! Atlanta : Peachtree Publishers, c2007.

A lot of snow has been predicted. Read about all of the signs, the preparations, and whether or not there will be a snow day!

E SHA Shannon, David. The Rain Came Down. New York : The Blue Sky Press, c2000.

Read about how much trouble an unexpected downpour can cause!

E ZOL Zolotow, Charlotte. The Storm Book. New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c1989.

Watch the coming of a summer storm from four different perspectives.

FIC BYA Byars, Betsy. Tornado. New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c1997.

As a family awaits a coming tornado, they hear a story about something unusual that another tornado blew in.

FIC RYL BC Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge and the Wild Wind: The Twelfth Book of Their Adventures. New York : Aladdin Paperbacks, c1993.

Join Henry and his huge dog as they wait inside for a storm to pass.


(These are hard copies available in the media center. On-line magazine articles are listed under Internet Sites.)

  • Weather.” Kids Discover. 2006. This issue introduces many different types of weather and weather terms.

  • Wind” in National Geographic Explorer! September 2008. This article explains what causes wind and what wind can do.


REF 503 RAI “Weather” in The Raintree Illustrated Science Encyclopedia, vol. 17 UNI-ZYG. Milwaukee : Raintree Publishers, c1991.

REF 503 WOR “Weather” in World Book’s Young Scientist, vol. 4 Planet Earth & Water. Chicago : World Book, Inc., c1993.
(*Magazines and reference books are not available for check-out but may be used in the media center.)
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Internet Sites

These on-line resources and Web sites have been carefully selected and reviewed to help you with your weather research. If you still need additional information please go to Search Tools to find tips in further searching on the Internet.

  • What is Weather? (e-MINTS)—Provided by BBC

This Website introduces weather terms—both types and elements—with short animated clips and interactive learning activities. There is also a link to Weather and People (e-MINTS) that interactively introduces information about how weather effects our housing, clothing, and sports.

  • Web Weather for Kids (e-MINTS)—Provided by UCAR

This hands-on site provides information about different kinds of weather as well as games, quizzes, experiments/activities, and even some exciting, true weather-related stories.

  • Old Farmer's Almanac Weather Center (Blue Web’n)—Provided by Yankee


This favorite reference for historical, current, and predicted weather provides information about weather wherever you are. This site is filled with fun facts and long-range predictions. Discover how reliable their predictions are.

This site which is designed by a meteorologist provides a lot of information about different kinds of whether and how to predict it. There are also interactive games, extra helpful links, and additional resources for parents and teachers. 

  • FossWeb Air and Weather Module (netTrekker d.i.) Provided by the University of California.

This site’s main attraction is an interactive activity where you read a thermometer (either in Fahrenheit or Celsius) and dress a bear appropriately. After playing, there are also pictures, audio stories, other links, etc. to explore as you learn more about air and weather.

  • "Balamory Weather Story" (netTrekker d.i.) Provided by the BBC CBeebies.

This is a fun, interactive story about a windy day. You can read along and even complete activities as the story progresses. This story is set in England so some of the words may seem unusual.

  • Weather Wiz Kids (Surfing the Net with Kids) Provided by The Indy

This is an exciting Web site full of a lot of helpful weather information, fun weather games, and educational weather experiments.


Searchasaurus by EBSCOhost and Kid InfoBits by Gale are two databases for elementary students. Both are very user friendly and in just a few clicks, you can find magazine, newspaper, and encyclopedia articles that are age-appropriate. You also will have pictures and other visuals available. I have included references for an article found in each database. To find other articles, use the keywords suggested in Search Tools.

  • Adil, Janeen R. “What’s the Forecast?” Appleseeds 10.4 (Dec 2007): 2. Kids InfoBits. Web. 2 July 2009.
  • “Weather.” Weekly Reader – Edition K 51 (Feb/Mar 2009): 1-4. Searchasaurus. Web. 2 July 2009.

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Videos/Video Clips

  • ZOOM Meteorologist (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence—FREE) Provided by PBS’s ZOOM on Teachers’ Domain.

This video segment describes how one student’s interest in weather watching led her to volunteer at a local weather center where she can get hands-on experience with weather forecasting and reporting.

  • The Magic School Bus: Kicks Up a Storm Provided by Discovery Education Videos/ United Streaming. (I am not sure if this link will work without access to United Streaming. Since I was always logged in, the link always worked for me whether I was at home or school.)

In this episode the Magic School Bus becomes a weather-mobile which takes the class on a wild trip to learn all about weather and storms.

  • VT E BAU Snowy Days: Stories and Poems. In this episode of Reading Rainbow, you will be introduced to many activities that can be enjoyed in cold climates and/or during the winter—sledding, building snowmen, dog-sled racing, etc.—while enjoying a variety of stories and poems about snow. This video is available for teacher check-out only.

  • VT 551.5 EYE Weather. This Eyewitness Video briefly discusses a wide variety of weather topics from all over the world. This video is available for teacher check-out only.

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Search Tools

  • Dewey Decimal Numbers to Browse551.5—General Weather, 363—Climate, & 372—Science experiments (including weather)

  • Keywords for Searching— If you find that you still need more information, you may use these words in a library catalog search or an internet search.

  • Weather

  • Storms

  • Meteorology

  • Sun

  • Rain

  • Snow

  • Thunderstorms

  • Tornadoes

  • Hurricanes

  • Wind

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Community Resources

These are community resources that may be helpful to you as you continue to research weather.

  • Daniel Boone Regional Library’s Online Catalog

  • Atmospheric Science Program at University of Missouri

  • KOMU TV’s Eric Aldrich (meteorologist)—884-3436

  • KMIZ TV’s Sharon Ray (head meteorologist)—449-0917

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GLE’s & Standards

By using this pathfinder, the following GLE’s will be addressed:

Strand 5—Processes & Interactions of the Earth’s Systems (Geosphere, Atmosphere, and Hydorsphere)

Part 2—Earth’s systems (geosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere)

interact with one another as they undergo change by common processes.

Concept F—Constantly changing properties of the atmosphere occur in patterns which are described as weather.

Scope and Sequence—Observing Water and Weather

  1. Observe, measure, record weather data throughout the year (i.e., cloud cover, temperature, precipitation, wind speed) by using thermometers, rain gauges, wind socks

  2. Compare temperatures in different locations (e.g., inside, outside, in the sun, in the shade)

  3. Compare weather data observed at different times throughout the year (.g., hot vs. cold, cloudy vs. clear, types of precipitation, windy vs. calm)

  4. Recognize patterns indicating relationships between observed weather data and weather phenomena (e.g., temperature and types of precipitation).

Part 3—Human activ ity is dependent upon and affects Earth’s resources and systems.

Concept A—Earth’s materials are limited natural resources affected by human activity.

Scope and Sequence—Observing Water and Weather

  1. Observe and describe ways water, both as a solid and liquid, is used in every day activities at different time of the year (e.g., bathe, drink, make ice cubes, build snowmen, cook, swim).

The following information literacy standards will also be addressed:

1.1.6—Read, view, and listen for informtion presented in any format (e.g., testual, visual, media, digital) in order to make inferences and gather meaning.

2.3.1—Connect understanding to the real world.

4.1.4—Seek information for personal learning in a variety of formats and genres.

4.2.1—Display curiosity by pursuing interests through multiple resources.

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