All About Weather: Clouds
- Students will be able to observe, describe, and draw clouds.
- Ask students to think about clouds by saying, “What do you know about clouds?”
- Have students turn and talk to a partner to share their thinking.
- Invite several students to share their ideas.
- Say, “Today we are going to learn all about clouds. Did you know that there are different kinds of clouds?”
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Read aloud the book Clouds by Grace Hansen
- Pause as you read to focus on the three types of clouds: stratus, cumulus, and cirrus. Record descriptions of each type of cloud on a class reference chart or whiteboard.
Guided Practice(10 minutes)
- Explain to the class that now you will go outside and observe the clouds in the sky.
- Encourage students to see if they can find stratus, cumulus, or cirrus clouds.
- Go outside and observe clouds, discuss what you see and record student observations.
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Explain that students will now get to make their very own cloud chart to show the three different types of clouds.
- Demonstrate how to fold the paper into thirds and use cotton balls and glue to make each type of cloud and labeling each cloud type.
- Pass out supplies and then allow students to complete their projects independently.
Enrichment: For students who finish early, pass out the Cloud Matching worksheet for them to complete.
Support: Have students use books and photographs to create their cloud pictures.
- Collect student work samples and assess if clouds are matched to correct name.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
- Display student pictures and have students share the different kinds of clouds they made with class.