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Rain Day


Encarta Encyclopedia - The entry for "rain".

Make-Stuff.Com - The instructions for making a rain stick.

FamilyEducation.Com - How Rain Works - Includes activities related to rain. 

Rain or Shine - Get a weather forecast for any city in the world.

FEMA for Kids-Thunderstorms - Offers information and activities on thunderstorms.

FEMA for Kids - Floods - Information and activities pertaining to floods.

BrainPop - Weather - Contains great information, short movies, and quizzes on the water cycle and thunderstorms.

Dan's Wild Weather Page - Precipitation - Definitions, activities, and links to other sites.

Web Weather for Kids  - Weather related experiments.

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain : A Nandi Tale by Verna Aardema.
This is a lovely rhyming book with cumulative text.

Come On, Rain! by Karen Hesse.
A beautifully written story of a rainstorm falling in an urban area.

Down Comes the Rain by Franklyn M. Branley.
This book is filled with good, easy to understand, information on the water cycle.  

Flash, Crash, Rumble and Roll by Franklyn Mansfield Branley.
This book contains great information on thunder, lightning, and how sound travels.  It also has safety tips for what to do in a thunderstorm, as well as activities at the end for making a cloud and making a rain guage.

Jungle Jamboree by Kimberly Knutson.
These children spend a rainy day building a "jungle" out of couch cushions and blankets.  They then go outside and romp in the puddles of the rainstorm.

Listen to the Rain by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault.
This poetic book captures the subtle sounds of a falling rain.

Pete Spier's Rain by Peter Spier.
A brother and sister have a fun adventure on a rainy day in this wordless picture book.

Rain by Robert Kalan.
This book has simple text and is wonderfully illustrated by Donald Crews.

Rain by Andres Llamas Ruiz.
A good reference book on rain.

Rain by Manya Stojic.
This is a simple, vibrant picture book which incorporates the five senses in detecting a coming rainstorm.

The Rain Came Down by David Shannon.
This story tells the happenings in a neighborhood through a funny series of events in a rainstorm!  The illustrations are wonderful.

The Rainstick: A Fable by Sandra Chisholm Robinson.
The West African tale of a boy looking for rain.  Included at the end of the story are directions for making a rain stick.  Great book to use in combination with an art lesson.

A Rainy Day by Sandra Markle.
A book with information on how rain affects people and animals.  Included is an explanation for how rainbows form.

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