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Lesson Plans
Rainy Day Writing
3rd–5th Grade
Objectives Objectives
  • Students will listen to a story and then retell it.
  • Students will brainstorm to create their own version of the story.
  • Students will write and illustrate their stories.
Materials Materials Needed
Introduction Introduction

Read Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs aloud.

Procedure Procedure

  1. Ask students to help you make a list of the different foods that rained down on the town of Chewandswallow. How did the people of the town accommodate these food storms?
  2. As volunteers retell parts of the story, turn to the pages in the book and allow students to revisit the different events through the illustrations.
  3. Tell students you would like them to help you brainstorm ideas for creating their own versions of the story. Give each student a copy of the pre-writing graphic organizer.
  4. Prompt discussion with questions like:
    • What foods could fall from the sky in your story? What about things other than food?
    • What would the “rain” sound like? What would it smell like?
    • How would the “rain” affect what you wear? Where you live? How you travel?
    • What would the town look like?
    • What would be some good names for this town?

  5. As students share their ideas, record them on chart paper. Encourage students to build on one another’s ideas.
  6. Prompt students to choose their favorite ideas and fill out their graphic organizers.

Independent Practice Independent Practice

  1. Give each student a copy of the umbrella book reproducible.
  2. Have students write the title of their story and their name on the cover page.
  3. Encourage students to use their pre-writing graphic organizer to help them as they write their story. (The story can be a few sentences or several paragraphs, depending on the ability of the student.) Once students are done writing, have them draw a picture to go with the story.
  4. Instruct students to staple the pages together at the top to make a booklet.
  5. Invite volunteers to share their completed stories with the class! Then display the booklets on a bulletin board titled “Cloudy With a Chance of…”

the 3rd–5th Grade lesson plan. (Includes all printable materials.)
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