Come Rain or Shine

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 Description

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

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To learn and use vocabulary relating to typical weather conditions

  • To express opinions and experiences associated with this topic

  • To learn common idioms relating to climate and weather


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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