I don't remember "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" from when I was a kid. It was a book that for some reason, I never read. I found it as an adult and can't lie, I love it. I've never seen the movie, but really enjoy reading the book with my language groups while they're talking about weather in class.
There are some great resources online for CWACOM and I am not about reinventing the wheel when I can help it. I have compiled a few here for your reference (and mine). This is by no means an exhaustive list, but simply some I stumbled across as I prepare my language lesson binder (which I will share sometime soon).

Speech Lady Liz had an excellent activity unit last year on it. Weather IS full of idioms and I love to take that opportunity to expose my English-learners to some of our wacky sayings.

Teachers Pay Teachers is FULL of activities to accompany this book. This set is a great example.

After reading the story, I usually have students share what they would love it to rain in something a little like this or this.

As usual, I am going to share a copy of my Language at Home companion for the book. Do you ever use "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" in your language groups or class? What activities do you like to do with this book? Please comment on this post to share what you teach with this tale!

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Amy R.
05/03/2013 6:57pm

I love this book! I, too, did not discover it until recently. I usually use this book book with my older students since the vocabulary is a little harder. It's a perfect time to introduce some weather related idioms and then then I use a writing (similar to the one you referenced) where the students can draw a picture of and write about what they wished it would rain. They love it! Would love to see your companion!

05/03/2013 10:28pm

Thanks, Amy! I have posted the PDF. :)

05/04/2013 7:30am

I love these handouts you create to go with books!! I like to share them with parents after we read the books. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is a great one! Thanks!


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