Now, you can teach kids about severe weather storms through a series of weather coloring books. The coloring books are part of the National Weather Service programs for kids that help keep families informed and safe during severe weather events. Kids are encouraged to read about each severe storm type and then color in the pictures.
A Word of CautionI think the coloring books are expertly designed and very informative, but almost too informative. They do have a bit of information overload. I would definitely recommend making use of these coloring books during family time.
One reason is the difficulty level of the readings…I do feel that the font type is too small and the information is a little above the coloring book stage of student interest. Regardless, I think these weather coloring books are an invaluable tool for family fun nights and weather safety preparation.
Weather Family Fun NightParents and guardians can begin to teach kids about weather safety at a very young age. Unfortunately, many families do not drill their kids on weather safety until it is too late.
Each of the coloring books below actually show kids how to react in the event of severe weather. Even if you are stuck outside or in a car or in your home, understanding the basics about tornadoes, lightning and more can help kids feel relaxed and ready for storms that may affect your area.
Here is a family plan to implement these booklets in your family nights. I suggest parents plan one night per week to review the written information in the booklets. Since there are 5 booklets, you can complete this small course of study in just 5 weeks. Since storm preparation is so vital, you have to remember to practice the safety information over and over. Here are the steps…
- Assign one night for reading and reviewing the information together.
- Give your kids supplies to color the pages. Make sure you tell your kids to think about the safety information as they color.
- Check with your kids periodically to see what they remember. Put the details into practice around the home with random questions about the material. Since storms can happen suddenly, knowing what to do quickly and “on the spot” is vital to learning and preparation.
- At the end of the week, go over the information together again. Present the quiz and see how many of the answers your kids can get.
- Design a weather drill poster or paper so that you and the rest iof your family will know what to do during a storm
- Periodically, practice the weather drills so that your family stays refreshed.
Elementary Weather Lesson PlansTeachers can also implement these weather coloring books into the classroom as part of a daily plan over the course of 5 days. Using a severe storms theme, I suggest teachers present all of the materials one day at a time. Print out all of the booklets in the list below and don’t pass out the quiz. Present the material to students and then give them the quiz to take home and complete with their families. Assign students to “teach” their families about severe storm preparation.
Download the Weather Coloring Books HereTornadoes
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