Thursday, May 9

Shouting at the Rain + Stormy Weather Unit Study

Shouting at the Rain (Lynda Mulally Hunt)
Delsie loves tracking the weather--lately, though, it seems the squalls are in her own life. She's always lived with her kindhearted Grammy, but now she's looking at their life with new eyes and wishing she could have a "regular family." Delsie observes other changes in the air, too--the most painful being a friend who's outgrown her. Luckily, she has neighbors with strong shoulders to support her, and Ronan, a new friend who is caring and courageous but also troubled by the losses he's endured. As Ronan and Delsie traipse around Cape Cod on their adventures, they both learn what it means to be angry versus sad, broken versus whole, and abandoned versus loved. And that, together, they can weather any storm.

Delsie weathers the storms of middle school, with emotional highs and lows and events that seem to come out of nowhere.  Ronan becomes her calm in the storm, in spite of his own troubles and growing pains.  It seemed only fitting that we studied stormy weather while reading this one...

Severe weather is any type of weather that has the potential to cause damage, social disruption, or loss of life.  Depending on where you live, you may experience different types of severe weather, including earthquake, flood, hurricane, tornado, blizzard, ice storm, wildfire, severe thunderstorm, or dust storm.

"Weather" is defined by its temperature, atmospheric pressure, wind, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, and solar radiation.  Some basic instruments meteorologists use to measure these include:

  • Humidity- Hygrometer
  • Precipitation- Rain Gauge
  • Pressure- Barometer
  • Temperature- Thermometer
  • Wind Speed- Anemometer
  • Wind Direction- Wind Vane

Different types of clouds can also foretell weather changes.  
  • Cumulus clouds - cotton-ball clouds - come with nice weather...the kind where you lay back and make cloud shapes all afternoon!  
  • Stratus clouds look like layers of blankets and often bring cool temperatures, rain, and even snow.  
  • Cirrus clouds are like wisps and curly-ques high in the sky.  They usher in warm fronts and can be a sign of bad weather to come.
  • Cumulonimbus clouds are the ones we typically associate with severe storms, as they can be indicative of developing thunderstorms.  These are the "wall clouds," and some can reach as tall as 60,000 feet!
Make / Do
  • occluded front
  • cumulonimbus
  • isobar
  • dew point
  • troposphere
  • crosswind
  • solar flare
  • downdraft
  • heat lightning
  • air mass
  • tailwind
  • biosphere
  • greenhouse effect
  • thunderhead
  • jet stream
  • What is climate? How does climate relate to weather?
  • How do Delsie's emotions compare to different weather patterns?
Check out our other Book Studies!

April 22 – A Gingerly Review – Review
April 23 – So She Tries – Review
April 24 – KidLitExchange – Review
April 25 – InRandom – Review

April 29 – Book Princess Reviews – Listicle: Books that take us through an emotional storm
April 30 – Mama Panda Bear – Review
May 1 – Ms. Yingling Reads – Review
May 2 – Elysian Artiste – Moodboard + Review

May 6 – Teachers Who Read – Review + Classroom Lesson
May 7 – Two Points of Interest – Review
May 8 – Just Commonly – Q&A
May 9 – Homeschool on the Range – Inspired by the Book: Learning Unit

Author Bios
Lynda Mullaly Hunt is the author of New York Times bestseller Fish in a Treeand Bank Street Best Book One for the Murphys. She's a former teacher, and holds writers retreats for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two children, impetuous beagle, and beagle-loathing cat.

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