How is the Weather? Free ESL – EFL Flash Cards

Flashcards to Teach Kids English

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How is the Weather Flash Cards Vocabulary

This flash card set includes 15 flash cards:

  • How is the weather? 
  • It’s windy.
  • It’s cloudy.
  • It’s cold.
  • It’s hot.
  • It’s raining. 
  • It’s snowing. 
  • It’s sunny.
  • It’s cool.
  • It’s warm.
  • It’s humid.
  • spring
  • summer
  • fall
  • winter
I’ve deliberately chosen “raining” over “rainy” and “snowing” over “snowy”. I’ve done this because I teach present continuous verbs in Level B, the same time as weather. Also, I feel there is a difference between “raining” now and a day being “rainy”. This is largely semantic, but feel it might be less confusing for children. If you think “rainy” and “snowy” are better, I’d love to hear your reasons.

Weather Flash Cards Introduction

The two most common ways to ask about the weather are “How is the weather?” and “What is the weather like?”. In this set, there is only a flash card for “How is the weather?”, because I’m trying to keep it as simple as possible for children.

As a teacher, it’s up to you to introduce variations. If you feel your students need to use “What is the weather like?” please introduce it to them in class.

The seasons are also included in this set to offer more question opportunities. “How is the weather in spring?” etc.

Weather Flash Card Game Ideas

I typically teach weather using a chant where students are encouraged to clap or slap their thighs.

How is the weather?
How is the weather?
How is the weather, today?

Then I quickly show an appropriate flash card to get the students to say the answer in unison or individually.  Keep increasing the speed to keep it interesting.

Most of the weather cards have clear gestures so that kids can be encouraged to act out the weather in TPR or charade activities.

Weather related questions are perfect for conversations or warm up activities in every class because they real and relevant topics for discussion. Start off with easier chants or games, but move on to more difficult grammar and discussions as children improve their skills.

Here are some examples:

  • How is the weather?
  • How is the weather, today? 
  • How was the weather, yesterday?
  • Is it hot?
  • Is it cold, today?
  • Was it windy, yesterday? 
  • What’s your favorite season? Why? 
Remember that the flash cards are simply tools to build some early vocabulary awareness and make it easier to play games. Don’t get locked into the same activities all the time. Try different games. Ask different questions. Give your students lots of practice with different questions in a variety of contexts. Try activities where the flash cards are not used. That is the only way they will they will remember and use the language targets.