Students will learn weather terms and visual recognition through a fast-paced, fun game! This game reinforces student knowledge of weather terminology through representations and names.

– Life Over C's square image with screen shots of eight weather themed playing cards text say [weather themed stem slap it card game]

Recommended Grade Level:

Materials for the Weather Card Games for Kids

  • Paper
  • Laminating Materials
  • Paper Cutter
– Life Over C's collage banner for books about weather for kids text overlay 89 aewsome weather books for kids click to see

Students will learn to recognize the following weather terms:
sunny, rainy, snowy, cloudy, thunderstorm, rain drop, snow flake, rainbow, windy, partly cloudy, hot and cold

This is a modified form of the old favorite “Slap Jack.” The difference is that there is a center pile in addition to the player piles. The card turned over in the center pile indicates what card you are looking to slap. Once you slap the coordinating card, you turn a new card and begin to search for a new card to slap.

– Life Over C's square image with screen shots of 16 weather themed playing cards with weather objects

You can choose any format of cards to be the CENTER pile, so that kids can get review on the format that they struggle with the most. They can focus on formats that they are more familiar using.

Variations:

  • Do picture-to-picture correspondence by using pages 4-4 and 8-9 (or any matching selections from those pages.)
  • Use all varieties of cards for a limited amount of weather terms. In this case make extra cards to create a normal sized deck.
  • Use the cards to play Memory Match instead.
  • Use the cards to play “Go Fish.”
  • Use the cards for independent matching.
– Life Over C's square image with screenshots of 16 weather playing cards with weather terms: windy, hot, snowflake, raindrop, rain gauge, cloudy, rainy, etc. for Slap It card game

Instructions:

Create your deck of 14-20 cards for CENTER pile.
Use the other corresponding cards for PLAYING cards. 42-50 cards are recommended for a group of 2 players. (More copies will create a longer game.)

To play: 2-4 players

  • Place the CENTER cards face down in a pile.
  • Deal the PLAYING cards equally among players and place them face down in a pile in front of each player.-Decide the first player.
  • Flip over one of the CENTER cards.
  • In clockwise order, players flip one card at a time. When a PLAYING card is flipped that matches the CENTER card: SLAP-IT! (matches will be in many formats)
  • The first player to slap the card takes the center pile of cards that have been played and adds them to the bottom of their own pile.
  • Flip over another CENTER card and continue playing, this time matching the new card that has been flipped over.
  • Game is finished when time is up or one player has all the PLAYING cards.

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– Life Over C's square image with screen shots of eight weather themed playing cards text say [weather themed stem slap it card game]
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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