Be a Weather Reporter!

Be a Weather Reporter!

by Judie Haynes

Young students love to become weather reporters with this "weather turtle." It is guaranteed to produce lots of language and to give students practice in following directions in English.

Here is a quick weather lesson for your younger students. It is also a good demonstration of how to bring the TESOL Standards to beginning K-2 students

Theme or Lesson Topic:

Learning weather expressions

Proficiency/Grade Level:

Beginning to Advanced Beginning K-2.

Goal and Standard:

Goal 2, Standard 2: To use English to achieve academically in all content areas.

Content Concepts and Skills:

  1. Basic weather expressions: Itís cloudy today; itís a rainy day; itís a windy day; itís sunny today; itís snowing; itís a snowy day; thereís a thunderstorm today; thereís thunder and lightning today.
  2. Building sentences on the basic weather expression.
  3. Relating language to pictures/symbols

Materials or Resources:

Gilberto and the Wind, Taro's Umbrella, The Cloud Book, The Snowy Day; downloadable weather turtle

Instructional Sequence:

This lesson was designed to be covered during three days of instruction (30 minutes each day).

Descriptors and Progress Indicators:

During this unit students worked on the following skills:


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