Storm in the NIght
Mrs. Fitch's Third Grade
Activate Prior Knowledge
•Does anyone remember a time
when the electricity went off
during a storm?
•Would listening to stories help
pass the time while the lights are
•What kinds of stories do your
grandparents or other relatives tell you?
Write three sentences on your google doc explaining any of the above scenarios.
Background Knowledge about Storm in the Night
•A Storm in the Night is a realistic
•Electricity sometimes goes off during a storm because the strong winds knock down the lines or lightning hits a piece of equipment.
•Cars were available as early as the 1800’s, but most people couldn’t
afford them until the1920’s.
•Electricity was available by the mid-
Questions to think about.
More Strom Stories
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Summary of the Story
Storm in the Night by Mary Stolz, illustrated by Pat Cummings (HarperCollins, 1988)
When a storm during the night knocks out the electricity, you can’t pass the time like you could on other nights. You can’t watch TV, can’t read a book, and it’s too early to go to bed. Instead, it’s a time you can spend together with your family, talking and telling stories. In the dark, your other senses come alive and you may notice things about the way the rain or winds that you didn’t notice before. Even the world smells different.
Grandfather and the boys watch the storm from the safety of the porch, while Grandfather tells them a story about how he once felt during a thunderstorm and how he overcame the fear. Even if the boys themselves aren’t scared of the storm, it helps to pass the time in the dark. At the same time, with her poetic text, Stolz is reassuring young readers that they, too, can overcome their fears of stormy weather and learn to even see the beauty in all that lightning, rain and wind.