This match game is designed to help student recognize and identify weather symbols. This is a basic skill student must have before they can complete more advanced tasks related to weather patters such as reading and analyzing weather maps or recording weather conditions using meteorological symbols. Weather symbols covered in this activity include: fronts, pressure systems, cloud coverage, shower types, and weather conditions including thunderstorms and precipitation as well as other common symbols students might see on a weather map.
• Sets of laminated match cards (1 set per group of 4)
• Notes page on weather symbols (See my “Weather Symbols Note Page”)
**Note: These cards can be used in many ways besides a “match game”… be creative!
Match Game Instructions:
1. Divide students into groups of 3 or 4 and send them to an area with a flat surface for playing the game.
2. Each student group is given a set of cards.
3. Students turn cards face down and mix them up.
4. Once cards are well mixed, they are placed in rows and columns (face down).
5. The first student turns over two cards. They must determine if they match. The student MUST verbally explain what the weather symbol represents.
6. To make a match, the student must match a symbol to its correct description.
7. If a student makes a match, he/she keeps that pair of cards and goes again.
8. If a student does not make a match, he/she turns the pair of cards face down and it’s the next persons turn.
9. Teacher moves around the room making sure students are participating and verbally identifying cards.
**Students may need to use their notes on weather symbols the first time they play through the game so that they can learn the symbols.
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