Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rainy Day Activities: Math and Poetry

The rainy weather is keeping us inside, and we are searching for things to do. We decided to work on our numbers and counting using a few rain themed math activities. Plus, it's been awhile since I've linked up to Math Box (formerly Math Monday). The weekly blog hop has a new host, love2learn2day, so be sure to take a peek at all the kids' math activities posted on the informative site.

Rainy Day Colors and Numbers

Musings of Me offers wonderful and free printable resources for young learners. I adore her new spring printable, The Colors of my Umbrella. The printable teaches colors and numbers up to ten and also includes a writing activity.

My daughter pretended to be a teacher and helped my son determine what color to make each umbrella. She also helped him use a paint dobber to apply the correct number of raindrops on each page. She practiced writing her numbers by numbering all the raindrops and read the book aloud to everyone after we stapled all the pages together. My son is very proud of his artwork and likes to practice counting to ten using this book. I was delighted that my kids could work together on this project without much assistance.

Teaching Measurement with a Rain Gauge

Kids can easily learn how to read rain measurements using a rain gauge. Our gauge is calibrated in inches and centimeters. My daughter determined that 1.7 inches of rain fell (though I'm not sure when the gauge was last emptied)! In May we're planning to chart the daily precipitation. We'll post our findings in another Math Box post after we're finished with the activity.

Don't have a rain gauge? You can make your own. Scholastic has a neat Make a Rain Gauge printable activity.

And, if your kids are budding meteorologists, consider printing out the My Weather Wheel: Pattern also at Scholastic Printables.

Need related crafts and activities? Here are our favorites:

Rainy Day Craft at No Time for Flashcards
Raindrop Painting at Brimful Curiosities
Drip Painting at Brimful Curiosities

The rain with its gentle or violent nature is a common subject in poetry. Some excerpts of our favorite poems about rain:

April Rain Song
By Langston Hughes

"Let the rain kiss you.
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.
Let the rain sing you a lullaby. ..."

For a neat video reading of this poem, visit: April Rain Song : Classical Baby : Video : The Poetry Foundation

Hello, Rain
by Mary Ann Hoberman

"Hello, rain,
Hello, rain,
Dripping down
The windowpane. ..."

by Maxine W. Kumin

"It’s raining in the city.
I hope it rains for hours.
All of the umbrellas
Open up like flowers.

Come look out my window!
Polka dots in lines
Wag their stems and
Tilt to read the signs. ..."


shawnacy said...

so fun! we made a rain gauge a couple of years ago, which happened to be a year we had a LOT of rainfall. it was so fun to see the kids run out every 10 minutes to check it. :)

also - i have two poetry posts to link up, but some camera issues are rendering me helpless at present. boo!

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

I always love how you pull so many different resources in your posts. It's nice that your daughter is able and willing to teach her brother!