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Weather Watching    Read-Along Mystery 2

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In this Read-Along Mystery, JJ and his grandfather get ready for a big storm.

Beginning Exploration (1 of 1)
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Hi! My name is JJ.

I just found out a thunderstorm is coming!

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Grandpa heard the weather woman talking about it on TV, but I already knew.

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I could tell because the sky is starting to look dark and scary.

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It’s getting cold and windy, too.

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My dog Muttley keeps sniffing the air.

Muttley always does that before a storm comes.

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Yesterday, the sky looked like this.

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Today, the sky looks like this.

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stop & talk

Stop & Talk

How has the sky changed?

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get up & move

Get Up & Move!

Get up and look outside.
What does the sky look like?
What is the weather like?

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Oops! I forgot to bring Muttley inside.

Now it’s raining, and Muttley is still playing outside.

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Muttley is a wet mess.

Time to go in the house and dry off.

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It’s raining hard now.

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Beginning Activity: Weather Watchers
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I look out the window and cover my ears.

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Thunderstorms can be loud, but I’m not scared.

When you’re safe inside, storms can be fun to watch.

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If the electricity goes off, the lights go out.

The TV goes out.

The stove stops working, too.

That means we can’t cook…or play video games.

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How can I help?

I know!

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Let’s look in that big old chest of drawers in the garage.

There’s lots of good stuff in there.

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stop & talk Stop & Talk: Do you see anything in the drawer that might be helpful during a storm?

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Look! We can use candles for light.

Matches can light a fire.

The flashlight will help, too.

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Grandpa starts a fire in the fireplace.

He tells funny stories.

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We roast marshmallows over the fire to make s’mores.

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Outside, it’s wet and cold and windy.

Inside, we’re safe and warm.

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Muttley falls asleep.

Muttley snores.

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It’s time for bed.

Grandpa and I snuggle together and watch the storm.

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Tomorrow I’ll play in the puddles.

THE END

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Beginning Recommended Activities: Weather Watchers

Recommended Activities: Weather Watchers

Tracking weather over time helps students notice patterns and builds skills in observation and note-taking. Use these activities to continue weather observations as a daily activity.

  • Use the Weather Window activity if you didn't use it as a follow-up to Mystery 1. If you already did this activity with your students, view some of our other suggestions in the Extras at the end of this Mystery.
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Activity Prep

For the Read-Along Mystery, you don’t need any materials.

If you choose to do the Weather Window activity, each student will need:

Beginning Complete!

You've completed the Read-Along & Recommended Activity!

If you have more time, view the optional extras.

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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.

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Activities: Weather Watchers

  • Create a bulletin board or a science notebook where students can use pictures or words to record weather each day.

  • Have students take turns being a “weather reporter.” Each day, the weather reporter describes the day’s weather. Is it rainy or dry? Warm or cold? Windy or still?

  • Make a simple windsock and hang it outside your window so students can observe changes in the wind direction and speed.

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Beginning Recommended Activities: Weather Watchers

Recommended Activities: Weather Watchers

Tracking weather over time helps students notice patterns and builds skills in observation and note-taking. Use these activities to continue weather observations as a daily activity.

  • Use the Weather Window activity if you didn't use it as a follow-up to Mystery 1. If you already did this activity with your students, view some of our other suggestions in the Extras at the end of this Mystery.
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Activity Prep

For the Read-Along Mystery, you don’t need any materials.

If you choose to do the Weather Window activity, each student will need: