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ESL Worksheets: Weather Collocations

Level: ESL Intermediate
Objective: practice collocations related to weather
Brainstorm and introduce the idea of collocations:
Ask your students to make a list of 5 words related to weather, such as clouds, rain, wind, temperatures, etc. Write the word ‘wind’ in the middle of the board so that you have enough space before and after it.
Using gestures demonstrate the way the wind blows, elicit the verb from the students and write it to the right of the word ‘wind’:
wind blows
Ask a few additional questions so that more words can be added to the left or to the right of the word ‘wind’:
How else can the wind sound? (It can whistle/howl)
How does the wind feel? (chilly, strong, gusting)
Keep adding the elicited words around your main word ‘wind’:
wind blows/whistles/howls
chilly, strong, gusting  wind
Tell the students that these words collocate, or sound ‘good’ together, and are better remembered in phrases as they are often used in each other’s company.
Pair work:
Hand out the worksheet. Students find the word that goes well with the words listed (1-15). Monitor and take the exercise up in the open class.
Group work:
Students choose another weather related word and come up with more ‘company’ words that can be put before or after the assigned word. Monitor and read out loud the combinations students wrote.
Student Worksheet: Weather Collocations
  • wind
  • storm
  • weather
  • thunder
  • fog
  • snow
  • rain
  • lightning
  • air
  • heat
  • cold
  • temperatures
  • clouds

1. can be high, low, average, freezing, or sub-zero.

2. can be rough, gusting, chilly, strong, or rising.

3. can lift, clear, come, or descend.

4. There can be a flash or bolt of .

5. can be good, lovely, settled, extreme, inclement, or severe.

6. There can be a rumble, clap, crack, or roll of .

7. can move, hover, pass, form, gather, or drift.

8. It can be extremely, really, quite, rather, bitterly, or exceptionally .

9. can be light, heavy, pouring, or torrential

10. can be cold, chilly, heavy, moist, or fresh.

11. can fall, blow, accumulate, pile, or melt.

12. A/An can arrive, subside, erupt, or hit.

13. can be scorching, sweltering, or unbearable.

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