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What's the weather like?
Support for teachers during the Covid-19 pandemic
To support teachers during the Covid-19 pandemic, there are two versions of this lesson plan – the original lesson plan for face-to-face teaching and an adapted lesson plan for teachers providing online classes.
Face-to-face classroom lesson
This lesson focuses on the weather. Learners will sing a song to introduce the topic, then they will review and practise weather vocabulary using flashcards and worksheets or online activities. They will then make a weather wheel to practise talking about the weather in different seasons. For homework they will follow up by recording the weather for a week and then talking about it in the following class.
- To use weather-related songs and rhymes to practise vocabulary
- To review weather vocabulary
- To practise talking about the weather and seasons
- To review adjectives – hot, cold, warm, etc.
Online classroom lesson
In this lesson learners talk about the weather and views from their window. They initially meet vocabulary through a pre-lesson task, then they practise the vocabulary and pronunciation as well as recycle related language. Next they complete a simple research task and find out about the weather in another country, then predict each other's findings. Finally, they describe what they can see out their window and talk about what they would like to see, using their imaginations.
- To review and learn vocabulary for talking about the weather
- To recycle language previously covered
- To develop confidence in doing independent research
- To employ prediction skills
- To practise speaking and listening skills
- To encourage creativity and imagination
CEFR level A1/A2
60 minutes (face-to-face)
2 x 45-minute lessons or one longer lesson (online)
The lesson plans and materials can be downloaded below. In addition, for the face-to-face classroom lesson, you will need:
- weather activities
- weather wheel materials, per learner:
- a large circle of card, with lines drawn dividing it into eight segments
- two strips of card, to be the 'hands' of the wheel
- a paper fastener
For the online classroom lesson, the teacher will also need paper or a mini whiteboard.
Important: Please read
Included in the teachers' notes for the online classroom lesson, you will find guidance and advice for what teachers need to know and do before and at the beginning of an online class. Please read the lesson instructions carefully before using them. They are for guidance only, and designed to be used with the most common online platforms. You may need to adapt the lesson to the format and online platform you are working with.
A combination of the lesson plan for online teaching and the lesson plan for face-to-face teaching can be used in 'hybrid' situations, where some students in the class are studying from home and others are physically in the classroom. Classroom material for the online lesson is provided as a PDF.