Students will be able to identify what clouds are and use their imagination to identify cloud shapes.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Take students outside and have them sit down and look up to the sky.
- Ask them to look at the clouds and see if they can identify any shapes.
- Tell students that today they will be learning about clouds!
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Play the video Teach Children About Clouds.
- Explain to students that clouds are water particles that form in the sky. When they become too heavy, it starts to rain!
- Then, read students the story It Looked Like Spilt Milk.
- Throughout the story, ask students what the different pictures look like to them.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)
- Explain to the students that today they will be making a picture of clouds in the sky.
- Using the instructions in the Independent Working Time section, demonstrate how to make your own "clouds."
Independent Working Time (15 minutes)
- Students should now complete this activity independently. Walk through the classroom to make sure students are on task.
- Give each student a piece of blue construction paper and a hand full of cotton balls. Have students put glue on the top of the paper and drag the cotton balls over it. It will make a figure.
- Have students identify what the cotton ball cloud looks like to them. Then, students should glue or write the following poem on the bottom of their page: "I looked up to the sky and thought I saw a ______, but it was just a cloud staring back at me."
- Enrichment: Give students extra literature to look through about clouds.
- Support: For struggling students, play the video How Clouds Form by Rain Drop Cartoon.
Related Books and/or Media
- BOOK: Little Cloud by Eric Carle
- BOOK: The Cloud Book by Tomie dePaola
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Ask students to point to a cloud. Have them tell you what the cloud looks like. Ask them what clouds are made of.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Have each student come to the front of the room and show off their cloud. Have them recite the poem and state what their cloud looks like.