Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

There's no doubt the city described in the story, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett, has incredible weather, but looking at the town as a whole, how does it compare to a real-life town? Listen carefully and view the descriptive pictures of the book to compare and contrast its attributes to an actual city, and in doing so, discover the locations' similarities and differences. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Compare and contrast the story's town to the city you are currently in; invite early finishers to look at other city's 
  • Hold a luncheon which includes foods that were listed in the book 
  • Use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the reading passage to your city, or another book with extraordinary weather patterns 
Classroom Considerations

  • Scholars should be familiar with the four seasons and concepts of weather, as well as the food presented in the story
  • Check out or download a copy of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Pros

  • A science connection and enrichment activities are provided to extend the learning process 
  • Using a popular story enhances learner engagement
Cons

  • Worksheets listed in the materials list are not included 
  • The lesson's rigor is limited