Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is an imaginative story to read during an air and weather unit, but could be shared in your classroom any time of year. There are so many activities you can pair with this text, but here are a few that I think your students will love!
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS BOOK
In case you aren’t familiar, the tiny town of Chewandswallow was very much like any other tiny town, except for its weather, which came three times a day—at breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Life for the townspeople was delicious, until the miraculous food weather took a turn for the worse. The food got larger and larger, and so did the portions. The flood of huge food caused chaos, and the people feared for their lives. Something had to be done…before it was too late! If you don’t already have a copy of this book in your classroom or school library, you can find a copy on Amazon.
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CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS CRAFT
Can you imagine what it would be like to have food falling from the sky? The townspeople of Chewandswallow had to rely on their local weather forecasters to let them know what they could expect to eat for each meal. I thought students would enjoy creating their own wild weather reports, drawing a scene of their wild weather, and then making a kid reporter craft to go with it.
Students can either choose their own wild weather or use the included spinner activity to leave their weather to chance.
Once students know their wild weather, they can begin to write a weather report. I have included weather words and terms along with several scripts to give students a baseline for what they can write about. Students can use these ideas to create their own weather report.
Once the weather report has been written, students can draw their wild weather scene on the TV craft and begin to assemble their kid reporter. I have included several different hairstyles to add a little variety to this craft.
When finished, these can be put on a bulletin board display for other classrooms to enjoy.
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS ACTIVITIES
I have also added a variety of activities to this book companion. You’ll find comprehension questions, graphic organizers, vocabulary words, and a weather graphing activity included.
You can find all of these activities in this book companion.
BOOK VS. MOVIE
Many of your students may be familiar with the movie. While there are a few similarities, the two can vary greatly. You can use this free graphic organizer to compare and contrast the two.
If you are looking for even more ideas for your weather unit, be sure to check out these blog posts.