Week Sixteen Science Lessons: Weather vs. Climate

Grade 5 Science

Week Sixteen Lessons

This week we will continue the Earth Unit. We will be comparing Weather vs. Climate. Students will learn the difference between the two terms. Here is a lesson to help you plan. Links to actual materials and lessons are provided throughout this post. I hope you can find something to help make planning this year a little, or a lot, easier!

weather vs climate lessons

TEKS/ Standards:

(A) differentiate between weather and climate; Supporting Standard

“I can” Statements:

I can identify the alternative energy resources and their uses.

Essential Questions:

Monday – How did the weather today affect what you are wearing?

Tuesday – How is the climate where you live different from the climate in Antarctica?

Wednesday – What is the difference between weather and climate?

Thursday – Why are meteorologists important? How can they help us?

Friday – How can severe weather affect people’s lives?

Word Wall Words:



Lesson Ideas and Materials:


Science Wall Complete each day with your choice of word wall words.

Earth and Space Interactive Science Notebook

Science and Literacy Weather vs. Climate

Earth and Space Anchor Charts

Earth Science Vocabulary

Lesson Ideas:

(Monday) Students can complete their weather forecasting page. Introduce Word Wall Words for the Week and ask students what they think it means. Complete the first 2 columns of a Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Weather vs. Climate

(Tuesday) Students will read an informational text about Weather vs. Climate and complete a graphic organizer to process the information. Complete the third column of the Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Weather vs. Climate.

(Wednesday) Students will complete a summary writing with key terms from Tuesday’s reading. – Science and Literacy Weather vs. Climate. Complete the Weather and Climate flap activity for the interactive science notebook. Freebie this week!

weather vs climate interactive notebook activity (free)

(Thursday) Students will color a climate zone map, create a weather map, and write a weather forecast for their current weather conditions.-Science and Literacy Weather vs. Climate

climate zone map

(Friday) Complete the Weather vs. Climate Anchor Chart as a class. –  Earth and Space Anchor Charts The students can fill in their printable poster, and you can make one on chart paper to hang up around the room. Complete the vocabulary pages that were not completed through the week.

Have students illustrate the words “Weather VS Climate” to demonstrate their understanding of each words meaning.

weather vs climate coloring

Print this for your students to color!

Print this for your students to color!

Additional resources:

Science Starters and Science Wall to start each day.

During extra class time, complete the Earth Science Vocabulary pages that accompany this week’s learning.

Need materials for younger grades?

The materials in this lesson are intended for 5th graders in Texas, but are taught in a way that they could be easily modified for younger and older grades.

Here is what I have for Earth and Space so far.

2nd Grade Earth and Space Science Notebook

Kindergarten Interactive Science Notebook with Word Wall Cards

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