Stephen Ianno Stephen Ianno

Weather items
Beginner level


Students will study weather vocabulary through use of weather maps, a listening activity, a worksheet, and by creating their own weather sentences.


Abc HO1
Abc Word Posters
Abc Worksheet
Abc Audio
Abc HO2

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of weather in the context of a weather report

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of weather


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Ask students to look out the window. "Can you see the sun?" If not, why not? "Could you see the sun yesterday?" Ask what kind of weather we are having.

Test #1 (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Show HO1 to students Ask what they see. Weather map. Show them the sentences on the worksheet to complete Say 'with a partner, fill in the blanks according to the map.' When students are finished instruct them to practice saying the sentences to their partners. Pay special attention to the words in bold. After completion, listen to text. Students check for correct answers as well as pronunciation of target language (words in bold).

Teach (9-12 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

Get four volunteers. Give each a word (Hot, Cold, Warm, Cool) Have other students put them in the correct order to form a cline. Put the cline on the board. Ask students to gesture what 'hot' looks like as well as 'cold'. Get five new volunteers and repeat the process (Sunny, Cloudy, Rainy, Windy, Snowy) Put the cline on the board

Test #2 (15-17 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

Show students worksheet. Do the first example together. For feedback, have students find the correct word on the board and write the corresponding letter next to it. Show the weather map and instruct students to find information from five different cities on the map and write sentences about them. Refer to the first activity for assistance. When completed, students share their sentences with partners from different tables to peer correct.

Free practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Students receive discussion questions from HO2 -What's the weather usually like on your birthday? -What's your favorite weather? -What weather don't you like? Students think about their responses to these questions Partner students up with different people and have them share their responses. When completed, students will switch partners and begin discussion again.

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