# Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Mini-Literacy Unit

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This mini-unit is based on the book CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS and is contains 14 TEACHER-CREATED ACTIVITIES FROM ACROSS THE CURRICULUM! There are a variety of activities related to weather, states of matter, reading skills, language arts, literacy skills, writing skills and math. Included:

1. Water Cycle Song and Sequencing Cards-- (This is an original song written by me). The
song can be used with the water cycle cards which are picture cards that show
precipitation, condensation, evaporation, and accumulation.

2. Leave the Weather to Chance-- Draw a weather card 15 times. Make a tally mark in the
box next to the picture your drew. When you have finished with all 15 draws, count up the
tally marks in each box then answer the questions on the right side of the paper. (weather pictures used may vary from those in the picture)

3. Cloudy Cause and Effect -- Read each sentence on the cause clouds and match them to
the correct effect cloud (which tells what would happen next). All of the cards have only
one effect except the one about the snowman. That one has three parts. Can you match
them all correctly? (These are done are rainbow/cloud shaped cutouts.)

4. Fair Weather Facts -- Read the statements on the Fact or Opinion page. If the weather
related statement is a fact, circle the sunshine that says "fact". If the statement is an opinion, circle the cloud that says "opinion."

5. Cloud check -- Go outside with a parent or friend. Look up at the clouds. Do the clouds
make any pictures? An animal, tree, person or boat, perhaps? Watch as the clouds move
and change shapes. Describe a cloud to your parent and friends and see if they can find
the one you are describing. Draw a picture of a neat cloud that you saw and tell what you
think it looks like.

6. Cloud Classifying -- Look up at the clouds. What kind to you see?
*Cirrus clouds are thin and feathery looking.
*Stratus clouds are usually low and gray. These are the rain clouds.
*Cumulus clouds are fluffy and have a flat bottom. These are the ones that look like cotton
candy.

7. Meteorologist -- Pretend you are a meteorologist. Write a three day weather forecast

8. Wacky Weather Day -- The weather in Chewandswallow was very wacky! Instead of
food, write about another wacky item that falls from the sky and what the people would do
with it. Be creative! Draw a picture to go with you short story. (not pictured)

9. Compound Words -- Students match together words to create compound words from
the story.

10. Story element matching--Students match the cards with descriptions from the story to
the story element . The description cards ae actually the answers to the questions below.
(Thought that would be a good starting point for identifying story elements.)

11. Shape of Matter -- Students read about the shape of the three states of matter with the
description of solids, liquids, and gases. (Just brief into about the shape of these.)

12. Shapes of Matter Activity -- Students do the activity on the back of the info page. They start with an icecube to experience the three states of matter using water and fill in the
blanks to tell what happened (words are supplied in a word box)

13. Solid, Liquid or Gas -- Students identify what states of matter are represented in the
pictures and circle S, L or G (solid, liquid or gas). Some pics show more than one state
and the students need to circle each one shown.

14. Oobleck -- Is It a Solid or a Liquid?--Students follow the direction on the reproducible recipe cards to create their own batch of oobleck. Oobleck is fun as it has the properties of both a liquid and solid!
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