Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Here is an idea for a children’s program I gleaned from Nadine B. Rosendale of the Eldersburg Branch Library, Eldersburg, MD through the PubYac List serve.  It was created by her colleagues, Susan and Mary.

*Weird Weather Lesson Plan*cloudy with a chance of meatballs


The children will:

– Identify various types of weather.**
– Learn what a tornado is, how it is formed, and how it is classified.
– Create a tornado in a bottle and perform several experiments with it.
– Learn how a cloud is formed, types of clouds and how they are used in
weather predicting.
– Create a cloud in a can. They will also make fog in a jar.
– Learn how a rainbow is formed.
– Make a rainbow and record the results.

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– Picture book entitled *Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs* by Judith
– Materials that are listed for each experiment
– Take home handouts
– Computer with internet access
– LCD projector


1)       ?What kind of weird weather have you seen or heard about??  After
children give their thoughts tell them they will now listen to a story about
some pretty strange weather. Read *Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs*.

2)       Using the website, discuss what a cloud is,
how it?s formed, the different types of clouds and the weather they predict.
Also, show how fog is formed. Now tell them that they will be making a cloud
and fog, too. Proceed to the two experiments of cloud and fog formation.

3)       Using the same procedure as above show children the pictures of a
tornado and explain how tornadoes are formed and why they are so dangerous.
Proceed to the experiments for making a tornado and performing tornado

4)       Have children make a rainbow either by using a prism with a
flashlight or by using a glass of water and a light source. Let the children
color in the rainbow colors that they see.


Be on the lookout for other weather and see if you can read or find

about it. Who knows? You might even be able to make some of your own.

Nadine B. Rosendale


3 comments so far

  1. Nadine Rosendale on

    Glad you like this program! I didn’t create this one – my coworkers Susan and Mary did. Just want to give credit where it is due! 🙂

    • youthadvocate on

      Absolutely! Thank you to Susan and Mary for being so creative!

    • youthadvocate on

      Absolutely! Thank you Susan and Mary for being so creative!

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