I asked them to identify the weather and pointed out that we have learned a lot of great language to express it. They talked about the different kinds of precipitation and we discussed the book's use of "freezing rain" as it related to what happened yesterday. I feel that "mixed-precipitation" is a better term for it, and we talked about why each term was better or worse. Their book also outlined a few cloud types and we tried to identify what the clouds were like yesterday. I also asked them how they prepared for the weather in the morning and how, if they had known what the weather would actually be like, they would have prepared differently. Two of my classes got really into these topics and were making good use of the vocab to express themselves without me really asking for them to do so.
My third class is a bit more reserved, so while we had this discussion, it wasn't really flowing and they were all quite worried about making mistakes in front of their peers. I'll have to think of a better way to get them talking tomorrow..
So the warm-up achieved its purpose in all three classes. We re-familiarized ourselves with meteorological expressions which they probably haven't used or thought about since our class last week. It was a good way to lead into today's material which covered thunderstorms, droughts, and floods. I really need to focus on that quiet class though.. their schema was activated, but they didn't get nearly as much functional practice as the other classes.