How's the Weather?

Objective
To introduce six different types of weather conditions and set up the question/response for "How's the weather?"

INTRODUCTION:

Introduce types of weather to students using over-exagurated gestures.

GESTURES EXAMPLES:

Sunny: palms up around face, like you’re beaming with joy

Windy: hands cupped around mouth, blowing wind

Raining: fingers demonstrating rain drops falling

Snowing: shivering

Cloudy: arms covering head

Thunder: over-the-top jazz hands

Have the students stand up and perform gestures with teachers, and then quiz the students on the different gestures and types of weather.

UNDERSTANDING CHECK

  • Hand out a set of weather flash cards to each student.
  • Have each student lay out the cards on their desks and switch between the HT and yourself calling out different weather types.
  • Each student should hold up the correct card and the teachers check for the correct card.  Pick some students to call out weather types to their peers.

ACTIVITY 

Pair match game

  • Have students pair up.
  • Each pair places all of their cards upside down and mixes the cards together.
  • Students play English janken to determine who goes first.
  • Students flip over the cards two at a time, to try to find matches.
    *Make sure that the HT emphasizes to the students that in order to keep their match pair, they must say the weather type in English.

How’s the Weather? Introduction

  • Introduce the phrase “How’s the weather?”
  • Ask if any students know the Japanese translation for this phrase.
  •  Practice pronunciation by breaking down each word.  Once the students seem to understand, introduce the response, “It’s __.”  Demonstrate the dialogue with HT.
  • Have students practice in pairs, using their weather flash cards for a “free choice” for their weather response.

How’s the weather pair match game

  • Collect back all of the flash cards.
  • Demonstration with HT.  Give yourself and the HT a flash card.  Demonstrate that your card is a secret.  For this example, make sure you and the HT have different card, for example; Misty has a sunny card and Kitani Sensei has a cloudy card. Initiate the following dialogue with the HT:

ALT: Hello!

HRT: Hello!

ALT: My name is (Misty).

HRT: My name is (Kitani Sensei).  How’s the weather?

ALT: It’s (sunny – gesture).  How’s the weather?

HRT: It’s (cloudy – gesture).

ALT/HRT: Okay, good bye!

  • Now, give yourself the same card as the HT, so in this example, Misty would get a cloudy card.  Show the students your new card and exchange the dialogue again.  But this time, since the cards match, end with “Yay!  Match!” and sit down.  Students generally understand the game after this demonstration.  Ask for a student or for the HT to clarify the game.
  • HRT and ALT hands out one card, face down, to each student.
  • Game begins and each student tries to find their pair match.  After all pairs are matched, collect cards and repeat game again.
Notes

* For the How's the Weather? pair match game, make sure to count ahead how many students/teachers are participating to set aside the right amount of pairs so that all students can find a match. * If students are struggling with pronunciation, I let the teacher briefly write out the katakana pronunciation for students to read, but don't keep it up for the whole class. * How's the weather? is a bit of tongue twister for the young ones, so I try to turn into a bit of rap/song with gestures to help them remember what they're trying to ask. * Ask "How's the weather?" at the beginning of each class after this lesson to serve as review and practice! It's never to early to start prep for JHS!

English
Lesson Topics
Duration
Elementary
4
Resources
Weather Posters, Some flashcards, Six weather posters, a set of weather flash cards for each student