Extreme Weather Report

Lesson Overview

Students will report on an extreme weather event as meteorologists.

Get Started

  • Print a copy of the Cause and Effect Graphic Organizer for each student.
  • Head to Pressto to make a copy of the Pressto assignment, adapt it as needed, and assign it to your students.

Tips for using this assignment with your students:

  • Before Writing - Have students prepare to write about weather by researching and reading mentor texts:

            - You might provide them with books, such as the following: 

                   > Eyewitness Hurricane and Tornado: Encounter Nature’s Most Extreme Weather Phenomena by Jack Chelloner

                   > Extreme Weather by Michael Mogi

                   > Extreme Weather: Surviving Tornadoes, Sandstorms, Hailstorms, Blizzards, Hurricanes, and More (National Geographic Kids) by
                      Thomas Kostigen

                   > Hurricanes by Seymour Simon

                   > Tornadoes by Seymour Simon

                   > Weather by Seymour Simon

           - You might also have students read weather reports or news articles of recent extreme weather events to understand the perspectives
              of those affected. Students will also see how weather events are reported on and can be inspired in their own writing.
              Here are a few examples:

                   > “Climate change makes heat waves, storms and droughts worse, climate report confirms” (NPR) 

                   > “Climate and weather related disasters surge five-fold over 50 years, but early warnings save lives - WMO report” (UN News)

                   > “Extreme weather in 2022 showed the global impact of climate change” (Science News) 

  • During Writing - Have students work with a partner to review their writing. One focus might be supporting each other in using vivid and interesting vocabulary. Have students look for words or descriptive language specific to the content. As a starting point, students can remind their partners of the Important Words included in the assignment.
  • After Writing - Have students use the key points in their writing to create brief presentations describing the causes and effects of their weather event and important safety tips.

Writing Instruction Routines

For more tips to guide students before, during, and after writing, take a look at the Writing Instruction Routines page.

Common Core Anchor Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.