Come On Rain

Image result for Come On RainCome On, Rain by Karen Hesse, illustrator Jon J Muth
Grades: Preschool - 3rd
Lexile Level: AD660L

Selected because: 
Implies necessity of rain for people and plants.
City setting with a diversity of female characters.
Beautiful watercolor illustrations full of movement.

Suggested activities:
Comprehension read-aloud and paired text lessons can be found at
Science and literacy connection ideas can be found at

While reading, have students make predictions and connect Tesse’s experience with their own experiences of weather (dry and hot, cooling rain, thunderstorms).

Track weather over time. View and make forecasts, go outside to test weather conditions and compare them to forecasts and historical data. What patterns do students notice?

As a group, compose a weather song. Practice, record, and dance just like the mamas and the children. If permitted, play in sprinkler on a hot, hot day.