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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
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Mar 28, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: picture-storybooks
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This is one of my favorite books! There are so many ways to use this book in a classroom or library. It can be used for economics, weather, creative writing, etc.

The tiny town of Chewandswallow was very much like any other tiny town except for its weather which came three times a day, at breakfast lunch and dinner. But it never rained rain and it never snowed snow and it never blew just wind. It rained things like soup and juice. It snowed things like mashed potatoes. And sometimes the wind blew in storms of hamburgers.

Literature circle discussion ideas
•Have students draw pictures of the foods that came out of the sky for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. What foods would they want to fall out of the sky for their meals?
•What did they do with the leftovers from the sidewalk? Tie into discussion of recycling.
•Why did the people decide to leave the town? How did they escape? What adjustments did they have to make in their new town?
•How did Grandpa’s story affect the way Henry and his sister viewed the world the next day?

Themes and Subject Areas
•Concept of Weather – weather forecast, types of precipitation, types of disasters
•Economics – business opportunities in Chewandswallow and how the economy was affected by the excess food.
•Creative Writing – write a newspaper article about the events in Chewandswallow, or write a story a new ending to the story. (fact verse fantasy and tall tales)

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