Lesson 09 – Rain and Sleet

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Read About Rain and Sleet


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To freeze means to turn from a liquid into a solid.

Freezing rain is rain that falls when the temperature is below freezing.

Hail is balls of ice that form when drops of water freeze together high up in clouds.

Liquids are anything that can be poured and take the shape of the container it’s in.

Rain is a liquid that falls from the sky.

A solid is an object that takes up space and keeps its own shape.

Sleet is tiny pellets of ice that are sometimes mixed with rain or snow.

Rain and Sleet


Rain is a liquid that falls from the sky. If the weather is cold enough, rain can freeze and become a solid. Rain can become freezing rain, sleet, or hail. Sleet is tiny pellets of ice that is sometimes mixed with rain or snow. Hail is balls of ice.

When freezing rain falls, sidewalks and roads become very icy. You have to walk very carefully so you do not slip and fall.

Icy Times

Freezing rain and sleet can affect people in many ways. Driving a car is very difficult when roads are covered with sleet. The roads are icy and slippery.

Freezing rain can also damage trees. Branches coated with ice can be very heavy. That can make them break off and fall.

Layers of ice can also build up on electrical wires. They may also break and fall down. That means homes and other buildings would not have power.

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