Teaching Earth Science with Children’s Literature: Weather Words and What they Mean


Did you ever wonder how and why the temperature changes? Weather Words and What they Mean  by Gail Gibbons gives children an opportunity to examine many of the terms that weathermen use today. This books uses language that many students can understand. Weather Words provides many good examples using the seasons to explain why the weather changes. On many of the pages a key weather term is listed at the top of the page and then the word is described with many pictures.

“Temperature. The temperature goes up and down. When the sun rises in the morning, the air becomes warmer and the temperature goes up. In the winter, the sun is low in the sky. The days are cold and shorter.”

The pictures are bright and colorful so it gives the students many things to look at. Additionally, in the back of the book there are interesting facts about weather to enhance the students knowledge.

Curriculum Connections
This book would be great for children to gain a better understanding of weather and some of the key terms associated with weather. (SOL 2.6(a) The weather terms are defined in language for children to understand. Weather Words and What they Mean can be used to introduce the students to weather terms. Additionally, this book may be a good resource for review on the topic because it provides many terms and then gives good examples of the terms. This book would be great for students because the pictures and the text keep students engaged.

Additional Resources

  • This website provides teachers with many good activities for the students to complete when learning about weather. This website gives activities for students to understand how the wind works, and also gives students the chance to come up with their own weather riddle.
  • This website is a great place for students to go to when learning about weather. This website provides stories about weather as well as activities. Another important feature of this website is that it gives students safety tips when the weather is dangerous.
  • This is a great resource for students and teachers. For teachers this website gives many activities for the students to complete when they are learning about weather. The students can go to this website to complete some weather investigation. There are many different activities for the students to complete.

General Information
: Weather Words and What they Mean
Author: Gail Gibbons
Illustrator:Gail Gibbons
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication Date: 1990
Grade Range: 1-3
ISBN: 0-8234-0805-1