Lesson Plan:

Exploring Clouds

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September 20, 2015
by Alexandra Parlamas

Learning Objectives

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.

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