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Lesson Plans
Rainy-Day Writing
3rd–5th Grade
Objectives Objectives

  • Writing narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective techniques, descriptive details and clear event sequences
  • Using narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations
  • Using concrete words, phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely
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 these:
    • 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 or a whiteboard. 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 paragraphs or several pages, depending on the ability of the student. Provide additional pages as needed.) 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…”

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