Grade: Elementary

#4170. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Lesson

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary
Posted Sat Apr 5 10:19:23 PDT 2008 by Meghan Webb (Meghan Webb).

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Read Aloud

Pre-Reading
1. What do you think that this story is about? Do you think that meatballs could really fall from the sky? Why is this man holding a plate, eating utensils, and an umbrella?
2. What type of weather do you see on this cover? (Cloudy and Rainy) Can you tell me about other types of weather?
3. What would happen to the environment if it rained meatballs? Would it help it or would it hurt it?
4. What are compound words? Can you find any word in the title of this book that are compound words?(meatballs)
5. What is fiction? What is non-fiction? (Fiction is made up, imaginary)
6. Vocabulary Words

Post-Reading
7. Comprehension Questions
a. Where is Chewandswallow located? (across an ocean, over lots of huge bumpy mountains, across three hot deserts, and one smaller ocean)
b. What did the people do with the leftovers? Why? (took them home and put them in their refrigerators in case they got hungry between meals)
c. Discuss the different things that came out of the sky. (soup, juice, mashed potatoes, green peas, hamburgers, brussels sprouts, peanut butter, broccoli, cheese, tomatoes, and meatballs)
d. What actually falls from the sky? Explain the different forms of precipitation.
e. What caused the people of Chewandswallow to leave the town? (stomach aches, sneezing, the town was a mess)
f. Is this story fiction or non-fiction? How do you know? (fiction)

Additional Activities

5 W's G.O.
G.O. Make a list of supplies that we might need in an emergency
Cause and Effect
Cause: A big pancake fell on the school
Effect: School was closed
Cause: Too much spaghetti fell in the town
Effect: ?
Cause: The townspeople ate too much cream cheese and jelly sandwiches
Effect: ?
Cause: There was a pepper storm
Effect: ?