Great Summarizing with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

That's not rain, it's ... meatballs! Young readers retell the story of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett with both a verbal and written summary of the plot, characters, conflict, setting, and solution.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have students apply their summarizing skills to other grade-level books
  • Project the story web onto the board for learners to complete as a class
  • Follow the lesson with a viewing of the 2009 film and a discussion about differences and similarities between the film and its source material
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires at least one copy of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • Provides different options for story maps, depending on student ability
  • Story is fun and engaging for even the most reluctant readers
  • None