Looking for a weather activity that’s packed with learning potential? Try this one!
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Today I’m sharing a free set of weather-themed sentences that you can use on a pocket chart with your child or students. This freebie is part of our giant weather theme, which has a huge variety of literacy, math, and science activities for your classroom.
I absolutely love pocket chart sentences because they offer an easy way to teach so many things:
- concept of word
- we read from left to right
- sentences begin with a capital letter
- sentences end with punctuation
Weather activity: Pocket chart sentences
I like to put all the words in a pile on the table. This way my preschooler has to hunt through the words to find what he needs.
I told him to make the sentence, “The weather is sunny.”
This was very easy for him, as he knows the words “the” and “is.” He was able to find the word weather using the beginning letter as a clue.
He found the word “sunny” using the “s” and the picture clue.
After he constructed the sentence, he “read” it by pointing to each word with the pointer.
(Yes, I am fully aware that he is not truly reading because he can’t read all of these words in isolation. However, that wasn’t what we were after … we were working on pre-reading skills, namely concepts of print.)
Next, I told him to make the sentence, “The weather is cloudy.”
At this point, things got challenging. My One is giving up his morning nap and is making it hard to do our morning work time …
So my Five made a stack of all the words at the far end of the table.
This made it very easy for him to build the rest of the sentences all on his own. He read them back to me.
After he was done, I asked him to find different elements on the chart.
“Point to the sentence ‘The weather is foggy.'”
“Can you find the word ‘rainy’?”
“Where is a period?”
“Show me a capital letter.”
“Show me where to start reading the sentence, ‘The weather is snowy.'”
How to differentiate and extend the activity
Using these sentences in a classroom? Here’s how to meet the needs of all your learners:
- If some children don’t recognize words or even letters yet, help them construct the sentences in the pocket chart after other children find the words.
- After you complete the activity, take the words out of the pocket chart and mix them up. Children can reconstruct the sentences at a learning center.