Last week I started reading Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett (Amazon affiliate links for your convenience) in speech therapy with my students. As a child, I loved this book! As an adult, I still love reading this book to students.
- This book has wonderfully detailed picture scenes which provide visual supports for building vocabulary.
- There are great category themes that you can use to build on after reading the book. I love using this book to teach weather and food themes. Themes that every student has experienced.
- Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs is creative and engaging. Kids love talking about food falling from the sky!
Extension Activities For Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
With my older students, I used one of my templates in my Spring Print N’ Go pack to have them draw pictures of what happened in the beginning, middle and ending of the story. They had to then retell the story to me using their pictures to help guide the way! This is a great way to have them visually see details they need such as background (i.e. clouds, snow mountain, tree, houses).
We made these fun Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs Craftivity Mobiles! While the students are coloring the food, you can talk about where the food is found, when do you eat it (i.e. breakfast, lunch), is it a fruit/vegetable, etc. This is a FREE printable in my TPT store.
You can work on using complete sentences and using vocabulary from Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs by comparing and contrasting the town of Chewandswallow with your students home town/city.
Use blocks and pretend play food to re-enact scenes from Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs! This is a great way to work on turn taking and conversation skills with peers.
More Activities I Found To Use With Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
I found Courtney Gragg’s book companion that I will be using in therapy as well! I also found a FREEBIE activity pack that works on comprehension and vocabulary. This reading unit looks great for targeting cause-effect from Ideas By Jivey.
What books do you like to use for teaching weather and food categories? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below! I love incorporating books into my therapy and always welcome new book suggestions.