Monday, 05 December 2016

Weather - ESL EFL Activities, Worksheets and Games

Weather Worksheet

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

This weather worksheet helps to teach students how to talk about the weather using weather adjectives. Students also learn how to ask and answer questions about the weather for yesterday, today and tomorrow. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching sentences about today's weather to ten cities. After the answers have been checked, students cover the sentences. In pairs, the students take it in turns to ask their partner what the weather is like in the different cities, e.g. A: What’s the weather like in Bangkok? B: It's hot. In the next exercise, students look at a weather forecast for ten new cities. Students then write sentences about tomorrow's weather using ‘be going to’. After that, students complete questions and answers about the weather for yesterday, today and tomorrow. Finally, the students practice asking and answering the questions in pairs.

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What’s the weather like?

ESL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

In this productive teaching activity, students learn weather vocabulary and practice describing the weather. The class is split into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students begin by looking at pictures and completing sentences with weather words, e.g. It's hot and humid, etc. After checking the answers, the students focus their attention on a chart. Working with their partner, the students complete missing weather information about various countries on their worksheet. They ask questions and practice describing the weather using sentences from the first exercise. When they have finished, students ask and answer questions about what the weather was like in the past with their partner.

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What do you do when…?

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this fun speaking activity, students ask and answer questions about what they do when it’s sunny, rainy, windy and snowy. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students write about what they do when it’s sunny, rainy, windy and snowy using the present simple tense. When the students have finished writing, they are divided into groups of four. In their groups, students take it in turns to ask the other students a question from the worksheet about the activities they do in certain weather conditions, e.g. What do you do when the sun is shining? The other students then take it in turns to reply by reading one of their sentences. If a student has a matching sentence, they read it out and win one point. The students continue asking questions and replying until all their sentences have been read out. The student with the highest number of points at the end of the game wins. This worksheet could also be used as a stand-alone writing activity.

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World Weather

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 15 Minutes

In this pairwork speaking activity, students practice asking and answering questions about the weather in various cities around the world. Students learn weather adjectives as well as how to talk about temperature. After pre-teaching or reviewing weather symbols and adjectives, the class is divided into pairs (A and B). Each student is also given a world weather map that contains missing information. The students complete the information on their weather map by asking and answering questions with their partner. The pairs practice describing the weather and talking about the temperature in each city. When the students have finished, the answers are checked as a class.

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Talking about the Weather

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes

Here is a discussion activity to help students practice talking about the weather. The class is divided into groups of three or four and each group is given a set of 15 question cards about the weather. The students take it in turns to pick up a card and ask the other students in their group the question on the card. After the students have discussed all the questions, there is a class feedback session to look at the answers.

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The Weather Report

ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes

This enjoyable teaching activity helps students to practice weather vocabulary and the future form ‘going to’ to talk about weather forecasts. In the activity, students also make and present a weather report. Each student is given a copy of the first worksheet. After reviewing the use of 'going to' in weather reports and weather vocabulary, students practice answering questions about a weather forecast using three structures, i.e. It’s going to be rainy. It’s going to rain. There’s going to be rain. Students then read an example weather report using the three structures. Students are then given a second worksheet and the class is divided into pairs. The students look at a new weather forecast and practice asking and answering questions about what the weather is going to be like. Then, working alone, they look at the weather forecast and fill in gaps in a text to create a weather report for Europe. When they have finished writing, the students read their weather report to their partner and check for any mistakes. Finally, the students present their weather reports to the class.

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Weather Crossword

ESL EFL Writing, Speaking and Listening Activity - Pre-intermediate - 45 Minutes

In this engaging pairwork activity, students practice defining weather words. Then they work with a partner and complete half of a weather crossword by guessing weather words from their definitions. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Both groups have the same crossword, but Group A has the words across and Group B has the words down. Their task is to write clues for the weather words written on their crossword. Working together with other students from their group, the students invent and write down clues for the weather words on their crossword. When they have finished writing, the students pair up with a partner from the other group. The students then take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing words by asking, e.g. What’s 5 across? Their partner then reads out the clue they have written. The other student then tries to guess the weather word. If the student guesses the word successfully, they write in the missing word on their crossword. If not, the other student continues to give more clues until their partner is able to guess the word. When the students have finished, they compare their answers.

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Weather Tic-Tac-Toe

ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 25 Minutes

In this entertaining teaching activity, students practice talking about different weather conditions using adjectives that take an infinitive clause as a complement, e.g. It's difficult to see what’s in front of you when it’s foggy. After practicing the structure, the class is divided into groups of four. Each group is then split into two teams of two. Each group is given a weather grid and a set of adjective cards. The students shuffle the cards and place them face down in a pile. The aim of the game is to get three weather words in a row (tic-tac-toe). Teams take it in turns to pick up an adjective card from the pile and choose a weather word from the grid. The team then has one minute to produce a sentence using the weather word in the grid and the adjective with the target structure, e.g. When it's cold, it’s important to wear warm clothes. If they manage to produce an acceptable sentence, the team marks their square with a chosen symbol. If not, play passes to the other team. Teams continue in this way until one team gets three-in-a-row, or until all the squares have been taken. The winning team receives one point. After playing several rounds, the teams add up their scores to find the winner of the game.

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