Come Rain or Shine

Theresa Dash - reviewer of the lesson   Theresa I May 06, 2022
General English, Speaking Lessons
A2 Elementary, B1 Intermediate
Mixed Grammar
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
Illustration depicting various types of weather conditions and practicing idioms and vocabulary related to this topic in an English lesson.

Lesson Overview

It’s raining cats and dogs! In this lesson, students will learn about various types of weather conditions. This lesson features audio of a weathercaster reporting on weekly weather and includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets. Students review and practice vocabulary relating to this topic. Also, students talk about popular activities to do in different types of weather and learn common idioms associated with climate and weather.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will learn and practice using mixed grammar structures, inluding prepositional phrases of place such as "in the forecast," "under the umbrella," "next to the raincoat," "between the storms," and "above the clouds" to enhance their understanding of English grammar.

  • Listening: Students will listen to a weather report and discussions about climate focusing on understanding and identifying the use of prepositional phrases related to weather situations.

  • Speaking: Students will discuss the impact of weather on daily life, sharing personal experiences or knowledge about weather-related challenges and preferences.

  • Vocabulary: Students will learn vocabulary related to typical weather conditions, such as "breezy," "chilly," "torrential rain," "scorching heat," "mild climate," and "freezing temperatures."

  • Homework: Students will complete tasks involving the use of new vocabulary and prepositions, such as matching weather conditions to appropriate activities, using prepositions correctly in sentences, and writing about how weather affects their personal and community life.


Listen to the audio of a weathercaster reporting on the weather for the week. Will it be cold, hot, snowy, or rainy? There is a storm rolling in, and it might even rain cats and dogs! Take cover!

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

weathercaster [noun]: a person who reports on the weather on radio or television
5-day forecast [noun]: a forecast of the average weather conditions and large-scale features in a 5-day period
natural disaster [noun]: a natural event such as a flood, earthquake, hurricane, tsunami, or tornado that causes great damage or loss of life
overcast [adjective]: overspread or covered with clouds; cloudy
humid [adjective]: containing a high amount of water; noticeably moist
flurry [noun]: a light, brief shower of snow
snowbird [noun]: a snowbird is a person who moves from colder northern parts of North America to warmer southern parts, typical during the winter
snowed in [idiom]: unable to leave a place because of too much snow
rain cats and dogs [idiom]: rain very hard
lighting never strikes the same place twice [idiom]: used as an assurance that once someone has endured unfortunate circumstances it isn’t going to happen again
take cover [idiom]: to find a hiding place; to seek shelter for protection against something
roll in [idiom]: to arrive at a steady, unstoppable pace
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