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Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today?: All About Weather (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)

Last updated Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Author: Tish Rabe
Date of Publication: 2004
ISBN: 0375822763
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Nov. 2017

Synopsis: The Cat and company travel by hot air balloon up and into various weather phenomena including rain, snow, thunder, tornadoes, and (yikes!) even hurricanes! Along the way they learn about thermometers, anemometers, wind vanes, cloud formations, humidity, fog, smog, weather folklore, and how to stay safe in lightning. Written and illustrated in Seussian style, this a great addition to the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library!

Note to readers:
•  The Glossary is on page 42-43
•  Do a Picture Walk

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What is the weather like today?
•  Do you ever watch the weather report on tv?


•  Magnify: to make bigger.
•  Forecast: to predict.
•  Symbol: something used to stand for something else.
•  Condensation: gas changing to a liquid.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  How many types of weather can you name?
•  what is your favorite kind of weather?
•  what is the weather like in Los Angeles normally?
•  Have you visited places that have different weather than Los Angeles?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a weather chart using a paper plate. Example: Divide paper plate into four sections with weather conditions like: Sunny, Cloudy, Windy, Rainy, then add arrow in the middle so kids can keep track of the current weather. (See Pinterest board)
•  Make a rain cloud craft out of construction paper.
•  Make a water cycle diagram on construction paper. (See Pinterest board)
•  Check our craft ideas for on Pinterest!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!