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BLAST Early Learning


Otis and the Tornado
by Loren Long
When a tornado threatens the farm, Otis the tractor must try to save the animals, including the unfriendly bull.


Bear Feels Scared

by Karma Wilson;
illustrated by Jane Chapman
Bear's animal friends come to his rescue when he becomes lost and frightened in the woods.


Open-ended Questions for Otis and the Tornado :

If you were Otis, would you have helped the bull? Why or why not?

What is your favorite kind of weather? Why



Rain Song
(taken from
(tune of “If You're Happy and You Know It")
First a little drop of rain hit the ground, (tap, tap)
Then another drop of rain hit the ground, (tap, tap)
Then another and another and another and another,
And pretty soon we heard a different sound.
(Splash! Splash!)



Five Little Weathermen
(taken from
Five little weathermen sitting on a gate.
The first one said, "My it's getting late."
The second one said, "There are storm clouds in the sky."
The third one said, "Let's run inside."
The fourth one said, "Wait, the sun is peeking out."
The fifth one said, "That's what weather's all about."
Ooooo....went the wind, and up flew their kite,
and the five little weathermen chased it out of sight.


Vocabulary Word:

glare: v. to stare angrily

“But the bull snorted and snarled and glared at Otis”

(taken from Otis and the Tornado by Loren Long)




Raindrop Counters
(taken from
Use blue felt for math mats and clear flat floral marbles for raindrop counters. The children listen for thunderclaps (the teacher clapping hands a certain amount of times), and place that amount of raindrops on the mat. For example, four claps mean to count four raindrops onto the cloud.


Mud Pies

(taken from

Mix two packages of instant chocolate pudding. The children help add the “dirt” (pudding mix) and “rain” (milk) to make “mud.” To make this part extra fun, punch holes in a Styrofoam bowl and when the children pour the milk into the bowl it drips like rain into the mixing bowl. The children can help


What Can the Wind Move?
(taken from
First, predict which of these objects can be moved by wind: paper cup, cotton, yarn, block, rock. Then experiment by blowing on each item to see which will move and which will not. Other objects can be placed in the science center for further experimentation: drinking straw, eraser, seashell, feather, leaf, paper clip, spoon.




I Face the Wind
by Vicki Cobb; illustrated
by Julia Gorton
Introduces the characteristics and actions of the wind through simple hands-on activities.


by Manya Stojic
The animals of the African savanna use their senses to predict and then enjoy the rain.


The Big Storm: A Very Soggy Counting Book
by Nancy Tafuri
Ten animals find shelter in a hill hollow one by one, but when the storm is over, a rumbling tells them there is still danger afoot.\

rain stomper

The Rain Stomper
by Addie Boswell;
illustrated by Eric Velasquez
When it begins to rain and storm on the day of her big parade, Jazmin stomps, shouts, and does all she can think of to drive the rain away.