In this ESL lesson about the weather, students learn and practise vocabulary related to the weather. They also watch a video about the weather in two cities and talk about different weather conditions.
This is a Flipped Classroom lesson plan. In a nutshell, it means that the first part of the lesson needs to be done by students at home. Learn more about flipped classroom and how we implement it in these lesson plans in our post.
In the pre-class part of this ESL lesson about the weather, students do three vocabulary tasks. First, they need to match halves to create sentences. The sentences contain collocations related to the weather (e.g. heavy rain, below average, boiling hot). Then, students read sentences and match words in bold (e.g. humid, hail, breeze, overcast) with pictures. Finally, they think of or find opposites of some weather phrases.
Vocabulary revision & discussion
In the in-class part of this lesson about the weather, students start with a short discussion about the weather. For instance, they explain what good and bad weather means to them and share some sayings about the weather (e.g. Clear moon, frost soon.) from their country. Then, students revise the vocabulary they learned in the first part of this lesson about the weather. First, they read seven statements describing the weather and decide how to rearrange some words. They also explain how the weather described in the sentences affects people’s lives and moods. Secondly, they describe two photos using the provided words. The teacher can turn this activity into a game. After that, students discuss some quotes about the weather.
Before watching the video, students predict what the weather might be like in Sydney and in Chicago in January. Then, they watch the video and describe what the weather is like. Next, they watch the video again and have to correct mistakes in sentences. Finally, students choose two weather conditions and talk about what they have experienced or heard of using some sentence frames.
This ESL lesson about the weather includes an additional task that you can use as homework or revision. It’s available in the teacher’s version of the worksheet. You can print it, cut it up and hand it out to your students. It’s also included in the e-lesson plan, if you teach online.
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