Suggested Resources:http://bogglesworld.com Click on Word Searches at the top of the page. Then click on Weather for a puzzle. Boggle's World is a resource site for teachers. Just click, print, and copy. The resources are free for use in your classroom.
http://www.weather.com/ The Weather Channel. Enter your zip code and click on go. Click on 10 day. Scroll down and click on Printable Forecast (or it may copy better as a direct screen print.) Click on averages for the average high/low and the record high/low (and date) in the zip code and month that you select.
http://www.weatherclassroom.com/index.php Weather Classroom. Explore the teacher’s guides and other resources available through this site. You must register.
http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wtempcf.htm Converting Between Temperature Scales.
http://www.familyeducation.com/article/0,1120,22-5176,00.html Celsius and Fahrenheit Made Simple.
Lets Talk About the Weather by Lucy Horton, Martin Community College. This plan comes from English as a Second Language: A Collection of Lesson Plans for the Year 2000, a publication of NCCCS developed under the direction of Dr. Florence Taylor.
Local newspaper weekly weather report(s).
http://home.att.net/~teaching/refbook.htm Climate Comparison Chart and teaching resource suggestions for having students research weather and climate data for two places. Students can compare temperature and precipitation data for their current city and a city in their home country.
http://www.worldclimate.com/ World Climate website.
Suggested Methods: Discussion, Puzzle, Math, Chain Drill, Sorting, Modeling, Writing.
Some Suggested Steps
Matching. Put two lists on the board and ask students if they know what any of the words mean. Discuss meanings. Use dictionaries. Match opposites.
Match the Opposites
Puzzle. Distribute the Weather puzzle from Boggles World. Go over the words with the students. Pronounce the words and ask students to pronounce them after you. Talk about the meaning of each word. Do a chain drill around the room with each student pronouncing a word. Complete a word chart as shown on the next page and then ask the students to work the puzzle.
Do a chart of hot words, cold words, wet words, and storm words, and other weather words. Put the chart on the board and let students tell you where the words belong. You and the class may have some decisions to make a few words: for example, will you identify blizzard as a storm word, a cold word, or a wet word. An example of a possible listing is given below.
Other Weather Words
Fahrenheit and Celsius. Ask students if temperature is reported in their native land as Celsius or Fahrenheit. Show them how to do conversion. (See http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wtempcf.htm) If you want to avoid the math and have online connections in your classroom, any of the following websites will do the conversions for you: http://www.wbuf.noaa.gov/tempfc.htm, http://www.teaching-english-in-japan.net/conversion/celsius, http://www.onlineconversion.com/temperature.htm, http://www.chapelsteel.com/fahrenheit-celsius.html.
Use http://www.worldclimate.com/ to prepare a weather comparison chart for average monthly temperatures in your town in Fahrenheit and another world city in Celsius. (Type in the city name, click on the correct city, click on Average Temperature.) Have students make the conversion to Fahrenheit and compare the average weather in the two cities for each month of the year. A sample is given. Fahrenheit conversions are given in red. You can drop the decimals for simpler comparison.
Hong Kong China
Burlington, North Carolina
Dressing for the Weather Distribute xeroxed copies of a weekly newspaper forecast. Ask students to describe the weather day by day. Discuss how one would dress for the weather as it is predicted. This activity can be more interesting if the forecast you use is not one for the season in which you are teaching or if you have forecasts from several different seasons. You may want to bring articles of clothing to use in this exercise.
Weather and Activities. Prepare a series of weather reports. If you have equipment and time, you can tape weather reports on a VCR over a year’s time and use them. You can record a 10 day forecast from http://www.weather.com/ once each month over a year and use those. (Put your zip code in and click on Go. Click on 10-day.) You can also create simple verbal weather reports. Share your reports and ask students to say whether an activity is appropriate for the weather. Suggested activities and suggested core aspects of some weather reports are given on the next page to get you started. You can mix the activities and reports to get different outcomes. Make students aware that judgement calls are sometimes required.
Use the form “Can you ________ today?” Ask students to respond with “Yes, I can ________”or “No, I can’t _______.”
Can you go swimming today?
Hot and sunny. High today 92 °.
Can you build a snowman today?
Warm and breezy. High today 65 º.
Can you plant flowers today?.
Windy and cool. High today 47 °.
Can you go for a walk in the park today?
Cloudy and humid. High today 98 °.
Can you play baseball today?
Blue skies. Dry and hot. High 89 °.
Can you play golf today?
Overcast skies. Warm. High 78 °.
Can you go to a movie today?
Thunderstorms. High 70 °.
Can you rake leaves today?
Early morning fog. High 55 °.
Can you go to work today?
Clear and cold. High 32 °. Icy patches on the roads. Freezing weather.
Can you wear a T-shirt today?
Clear and sunny. High today 39 °
Can you go shopping today?
Hurricane warning. High today 80 °
Tune In for the Weather Report. The Weather Channel has Weather on the Eights. Tell your learners that the time is 2:15 p.m. Ask them to tell you when your next local weather report will be given. (The answer is 2:18 p.m. The weather is given at 2:08, 2:18, 2:28, 2:38, 2:48, 3:08, etc.)
Listening Exercise. For high intermediate students, tape weather reports from the radio and prepare a format such as the following. Adjust the form to match the weather report structure in your area.
Play the report two or three times. Let students record the highs and lows for the day and the forecast for tomorrow. Review vocabulary words that come up like sticky, showers, and foggy.