Lesson Plan

Eyeing the Effects of Weather

What are the effects of weather events? In this integrated science and language arts lesson, students will explore causes and multiple effect in the context of reading and learning about various weather events and natural disasters.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Cause and Effect Structure pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Cause and Effect Structure pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify multiple effects that match corresponding causes using evidence from a text.
  • Students will be able to explain relationships between weather events and corresponding effects.
The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
  • Invite students to describe a detail related to a weather event that happens in their region.
  • Ask them to identify the effects. (Ex: When it rains, students need to wear raincoats or bring an umbrella. People need to drive slower because it's harder to see through the windshield.)
  • Tell the students that sometimes there is not just one effect from a single cause. Tell the students that they will be reading and finding multiple effects that come from a single cause.


  • Pre-teach the terms "cause," "effect," and "weather" and ask students to share the meaning in their home language (L1) or their new language (L2).
  • Provide an everyday example before applying the terms "cause" and "effect" to weather.


  • Allow ELs to turn and talk to partners about some causes and effects relating to weather. Allow them to share in their L1 or L2 before sharing with the class.