Read-Aloud Lesson: Come On, Rain!
Come On, Rain! | AD780L
- Learning Goal
- Describe how the feelings and actions of the characters change as the weather changes during the story.
- Necessary Materials
- Detailed lesson plan
- Graphic organizer for guided practice
- Independent student worksheet
Come On, Rain!
This lesson is a close reading of the entire text. So it’s important to engage students often, to enhance their learning. Here are two tips:
- When you ask the more complex questions from the lesson, ask students to “turn-and-talk” or “buddy-talk” before answering.
Once you are deep into the lesson, instead of asking students every question provided, ask them to share with you what questions they should be asking themselves at that point in the text. This is also a great opportunity to use "turn-and-talk."
- Suggested teacher language is included in the lesson.
- We recommend you read the book once to your students, either the day or morning before teaching the lesson.
- This research-based, read-aloud lesson may seem long. Why do students need the lesson to be this way?
Part 1: Teacher Modeling and Questioning
Write the student-friendly learning goal on the board, then read the learning goal out loud with the class:
We will explain how the characters change as the weather changes.
- The other character is Mamma.
- The other character is the girl’s mamma.
- The sentence told us the heat was endless. That made me think that it might not have rained for a long time.
- In the sentence, the girl says, “Come on, rain!” If she wanted there to be rain, that probably meant there had not been any for a while.
Part 2: Guided Practice and Discussion
- The weather is hot.
- The weather is dry.
- Mamma frowns.
- Mamma sags over her parched plants.
- Mamma presses a glass of iced tea against her skin.
- The girl squints in the heat.
- Mamma feels worried.
- The girl feels hopeful.
- The weather is rainy.
- The weather is cool.
- The mammas dance down the steps.
- The girls twirl their mammas around.
- The girls and their mammas laugh.
Part 3: Student Independent Practice
Texts & Materials
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