Fall rain is important to plants settling in for the winter, because once the ground is frozen the plants can no longer gather mosisture from the soil. As plants continue to transpire moisture all winter, if they have not stoked up on moisture in the fall they will dry out or "winter burn" . Rain is an important concept from pre-school to high school. Lesson abound and many times it is the simplest ones that are the most effective in emphasizing how important this element is to our world.
Five Senses Rain Observation
Ask students to observe the rain using all five of their senses using questions like the following:
Sight: What does the rain look like when it falls? What does it look like on the ground? What do rain clouds look like?
Sound: What does the rain sound like on the roof? On the ground?
Touch: What does rain feel like?
Taste: What does the rain taste like when you catch a drop on your tongue?
Smell: What does it smell like outside when it rains?
Rains can be used for observation alone, to write poems, or create a lesson to look up songs or poems with lyrical lines that use rain, like the song "thunder rolls" with it's metaphors.
You can measure rain and chart or graph it. It makes incredible painting lessons to show mood in your art, as rain often shows sadness or reflective time. I saw an art teacher use rain to distribute color on the paper...it gave some incredible texture.
This science lesson plan shows the relationship between temperature and mositure. Rainmaker
Most of all let them go out and investigate the rain. puddles, the different intensityof how drops fall, the size of drops, let them start to become aware of the world around them. Observation is the key to good science.
Book to go with elementary lessons: What makes it rain? by Keith Brandt, Yoshi Miyake