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ESL Lesson Plans: Spring Weather - 4 Seasons in One Day

Level: ESL High-Intermediate
Objectives: learn words and expressions describing unsettled weather; describe springlike weather
Teacher Notes:
Write the following sayings on the board one at a time and ask students to discuss their meanings. Depending on the level, choose to focus on some or all of the expressions. Most of the expressions describe unstable weather.
- In spring, there are sometimes four seasons in one day.
- If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes and it’ll change.
- March comes in like a lion, out like a lamb. (March starts out cold, but ends mild)
- The first day of spring is one thing and the first spring day is another.
- A mixed bag of weather.
- Topsy-turvy weather.
- Weather roller-coaster (ride).
Hand out the worksheet. Go over the adjectives with prefixes -in and un- (or their opposites) that describe frequently changing weather in  Word Form: Prefixes In- and Un-. Ask to describe the spring weather in your area/area students are well-familiar with.
Make a list of common signs of spring. Students complete the sentences in Signs of Spring and add more signs particular to their area.
Bring up the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver where the weather (or lack of wintery weather) was often a concern. Discuss whether the weather can affect major events or personal plans.
Students read the story and fill in the missing words.
Focus on the idiomatic vocabulary following the reading (throw a wild card, a roll of dice, etc.)
Wrap up with Conversation Questions. Encourage to use the new vocabulary.
Student Handout
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