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Dress for Success
"Why do I have to wear a coat today?"
Making weather relevant to children by connecting it to what they wear.
 Helping children make the connection between the weather and how we dress.

We can use weather data that children collect, their clothing, and close observations of the world around them to help.
What To Do

  • Have children share their experience with the weather today. Can they recall if it was cold, warm, windy or rainy when they were walking to school?
  • Ask children what they were wearing to school today. Did they need a jacket or a hat? Why?
  • Using a weekly weather chart, ask children to record today’s weather using icons that represent the sun, wind, rain, snow and also icons that represent warm and cold temperatures.
  • Ask a child to photograph the outside, then print it and add it to the weather chart.
  • Take a group photo of all children in the class when they are playing outside to record what they are wearing and add it also to the weather chart.
Over time
  • Repeat the weekly chart activity three or four times during the year when the seasons change or when there are major weather changes.
  • At the end of the year you will have a great visual of how the weather changed with the seasons and children will be able to relate how they dressed with the weather!
Books to Share With Children
  • Froggy Gets Dressed, by Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz
  • What Will the Weather Be?, by Lynda DeWitt
  • Weather Words and What they Mean, by Gail Gibbons
Videos to Share with Children
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