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Weather or Not

Weather Report: Pick one of the artworks featured in “Weather or Not” and write a weather report based on what you see. Include information such as the temperature, likelihood of precipitation, wind speed, and suggested outerwear for the day. Check out the weather report in your local newspaper to find out what other details to report on.  

Weathervane Hunt: Go on a hunt for weathervanes in your own neighborhood. If possible, bring a camera along to document your search. You may be surprised at how many you find once you take a moment to look! Can’t find them in your community? Go on a virtual hunt using the Flickr Web site.  

A Change of Scenery: Claude Monet liked to paint his subjects in series so he could capture changes in light and weather. Go outside on a sunny day and paint an area of your school’s playground. Then, paint the same area again on a cloudy day. How do the two paintings differ?  

More "Weather or Not": Use the Art Collector feature of ArtsConnectEd to view a collection of objects related to the "Weather or Not" theme. Reorganize the collection according to what kind of weather the object is associated with, such as rain, snow, sun, etc. Click here to access the collection. Click here to learn more about Art Collector.  

Children’s Fiction and Nonfiction:
Adams, Simon. The Best Book of Weather. Boston: Kingfisher, 2001.

Keats, Ezra Jack. The Snowy Day. New York: Viking Press, 1962.

Simon, Seymour. Weather. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1993.

Steig, William. Brave Irene. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1986.

Stolz, Mary. Storm in the Night. New York: Harper & Row, 1988.

November 2007