3 Remote-Friendly Lesson Plans

  • May 03, 2020

3 remote-friendly lesson plans you can use to engage students with science during COVID-19 

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Engaging Lesson Plans for Remote Teachers

Teaching science is difficult, especially when you and your students aren’t together in the classroom.

As we practice social distancing to protect ourselves from the COVID-19, school communities have had to get creative in how they teach, engage, and guide students. Since lessons must continue, we’ve decided to offer our three best lesson plans to all teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week 2020.

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Weather-Related Lesson Plans

Anvil-shaped Cumulonimbus cloud

These three science lesson plans are all weather based. Why? The weather is one of the easiest STEM or STEAM topics to engage students with. No matter what’s going on in the world, the weather goes on. You probably talk to your students about the weather every week.


Think about it: When was the last time you didn’t talk to your students about the weather?


Even though schools are closed, Mother Nature continues to operate at full capacity. Just throughout quarantine, we’ve monitored thunderstorms, tornadoes, and snowstorms moving across the United States.

No matter what, weather is relevant. That’s why weather-related lessons are so good at engaging students.

Remote-Friendly Lesson Plans You Can Use This Week

These lessons plans were submitted by teachers across the country during our 2019 Teacher Appreciation Week Lesson Plan Contest. Each lesson clearly states

  • The age level it’s intended for
  • The materials needed
  • Instructions


Scroll through and see if there are any lessons you want to try out with the list below. If you do use a lesson plan, let us know how it went on social media!

  1. Make Your Own Wind Vane
  2. Graphing Weather Data
  3. Become A Meteorologist


1. Make Your Own Wind Vane

This lesson was submitted by Jackie Dierickx from Ellwood City Area School District in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. It is intended for students in Grade 1.

About This Lesson

The first lesson on our list is a hands-on way to teach littles about a natural phenomenon. They will learn about wind direction and how to tell which way the wind is blowing. They will draw conclusions after their investigations.


  • Paper plate
  • Marker
  • Pencil
  • Paper cups
  • Construction paper
  • Hot glue
  • Straw
  • Compass
  • Weather journal
  • Rocks
  • Paperclip
  • Eraser



It will probably be best to have parents help out with this assignment, depending on the age of your students.

First students need to build their weather vane with the materials above. Have them place their vane outside and observe the wind direction for a few days and have students compare online. You can even have students make a prediction for the next few days and draw conclusions about their findings.

Learn how to build the weather vane and more detailed instructions by viewing the full lesson plan.

View the Lesson Plan


2. Graphing Weather Data

This lesson for middle school students was submitted by Brooke Calderon and Marie Lichte from Collister Elementary School in Boise, Idaho.

About This Lesson

The second remote-friendly lesson plan on our list is all about graphing weather data. This plan is designed to engage students in mathematical thinking and evidence-based reasoning through the analysis of graphing data.


  • School weather station (or other weather source)
  • Large paper for graphing
  • Markers
  • Technology



For this lesson you’ll need a school weather station or a technology that connects students with a nearby weather station. Assign each student a different weather parameter to graph like temperature, wind speed, wind direction, etc.

Have students research historical weather data for your location and record that information in a spreadsheet and gather current weather data for a set period. Then compare!

Get more detailed instructions by viewing the full lesson plan.

View the Lesson Plan

3. Become a Meteorologist

This lesson was submitted by Jamie Christian from Heritage Hall Middle School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is intended for middle school students.

About This Lesson

Last on our list of remote-friendly lesson plans is “Become a Meteorologist.” For this lesson, students will write and produce their own 2-3 minute weather forecast as a team. Depending on your students’ internet access, they might have to work alone on these projects while learning remotely.


  • Pen and paper
  • Poster board
  • Craft supplies
  • Props
  • Video camera
  • Computer/Laptop



For this lesson you can let students get creative as “meteorologists” and “producers” of their own weather segment! Students can choose a map or their station, region, or country and give a 5-day forecast or a 7-day forecast.

They should prepare maps that include areas of high and low pressure, at least two fronts, an area with precipitation, temperatures (both highs and lows) and appropriately placed graphics.

This is a great interdisciplinary lesson that pulls together science through meteorology, creativity, and literature through writing scripts. Have students take a video and share with the class!

Learn more about this lesson by viewing the entire lesson plan

View the Lesson Plan

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

This year more than ever, we’d like to extend a very sincere “Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!” to all of you who have so bravely taken on remote instruction head on. It can be stressful and difficult at times, so don’t forget to give yourself a break!

We hope your students, parents, and administrators recognize all the hard work you’re doing and that these lesson plans help you out in these stressful times of remote instruction!


Shaded U.S. cloud-to-ground lightning map 2019

While not a lesson plan, our U.S. Lightning Map shows all of the cloud-to-ground lightning strikes that happened in the U.S. during 2019. Share this interactive resource with students and get creative! You can focus on your own state, compare and contrast, graph… the possibilities are endless!