Storm in the Night Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, retell the story, and define unfamiliar words while reading ''Storm in the Night'' by Mary Stolz.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on Storm in the Night by Mary Stolz, students will be able to:

  • Cite text evidence when answering questions about the text.
  • Summarize how lightning is formed after viewing an experiment.
  • Define and use unfamiliar vocabulary from the text.


60 minutes

Common Core Curriculum Standards


Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.


Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.


Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.


  • bolt
  • downspout
  • imagine
  • mandarin
  • mantel
  • memory
  • repeats
  • warning


  • Copies of Storm in the Night by Mary Stolz
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Black construction paper
  • Colored chalk
  • Hairspray
  • Tape
  • Copies of Thunder and Lightning by Wendy Pfeffer
  • Plastic comb
  • Steel wool

Reading & Discussion Questions

  • Preview vocabulary with the students.
  • Read Storm in the Night by Mary Stolz with the class. Pause to discuss the following questions:
    • Describe the setting of the story.
    • Why does Grandfather think it is a good time to tell a story?
    • What does Thomas believe about his grandfather?
    • Describe Thomas' grandfather.
    • What sounds does Thomas hear in the dark?
    • What can Thomas smell in the dark?
    • Who is Melvin? What does Grandfather tell Thomas about Melvin?
    • What does Thomas' grandfather learn from the man?
    • Why do you think Thomas' grandfather chose this story to tell Thomas?
    • What do you think will happen next time there is a storm?


Stormy Night Pictures

Materials needed: Copies of Storm in the Night by Mary Stolz, paper, pencils, black construction paper, colored chalk, hairspray, tape

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