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Clouds

Clouds

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Topic:
Clouds
Grade:
Kindergarten
Standards:
 
5.8.2.D.1. How We Study the Earth: Record observations that describe thefeatures of the natural world in their local environment.
Objectives:
 
Students will be able to name and recognize three main types of clouds (cirrus,cumulus and stratus).
 
Students will be able to observe and describe the different shapes of clouds.
Materials:
 
 Little Cloud 
 by: Eric Carle
 
“When I
look 
at clouds I see…” writing activity
 
 
Cloud fact sheet
 
Cotton balls
 
Assortment of blue and white tissue paper 
 
White or blue paint
 
Sponges
 
Clipboards
 
Blue construction paper 
 
Glue
 
Crayons
 
Pencils
Procedures:
Interactive Read Aloud
 
Introduce students to the book 
 Little Cloud 
 by: Eric Carle.
o
 
Examine the front cover.
o
 
Ask students what the story might be about.
 
During reading, ask students to make predictions and text-to-self connections.
o
 
What shape do you think Little Cloud will be next?
o
 
What cloud shapes have you seen in the sky?
 
At the end of the book, ask students to predict what will happen to Little Cloud
o
 
Make a connection to rain and the water cycle (previous lesson).The Three Main Types of Clouds
 
Explain that there are three main types of clouds called cirrus, cumulus and stratusclouds.
 
Define each cloud
o
 
Describe each with visual adjectives such as: wispy, puffy or thick.
 
o
 
Show multiple photographs for each type of cloud.
 
Write the name of each cloud on chart paper.
o
 
Have students sort cloud pictures under the name of each cloud.
o
 
Students must be able to explain their thinking when sorting. For example,
“ This is a cumulus cloud because it is puffy”.
* This active engagement allows students to have a movement break. Coming up to the board to sort a picture gives students with attention deficits (and typical students) a small brain break after sitting on the carpet for the read aloud. Using an assortment of picturesfor each cloud will assist visual learners in grasping the content.Cloud Observations
 
For this portion of the lesson, students will move outdoors in order to observeclouds.
 
Each student will be given a clipboard and
a “When I look at clouds I see…”
writing activity.
 
Students will be instructed to make observation about the clouds outside.
o
 
What types of clouds do you see?
o
 
Do any of the clouds form a shape?
 
Students will also be instructed to draw a sketch of one of the clouds that theyobserve (space provided on the writing activity).
 
After 10 minutes of observations, students will be brought back into theclassroom for station activities.Writing Prompt and Cloud Creation
 
After students return to the classroom they will be randomly divided into twomixed-ability groups.
 
Half of the students will complete the “When I look at clouds I see…” writing
activity that they began to draw on outside.
o
 
Students will provide a written description of the cloud that they sketchedoutside including: shape, color and size.* For students who have difficulty planning for writing, the writing activity will bemodified to guide writing. The modified writing will prompt students to describe thecolor, shape and size of their cloud (see attached).* Students who are tactile or kinesthetic learners will benefit from using a variety of materials to make their cloud creations. Students can choose the material that they aremost comfortable with.
 
The rest of the class will make a cloud creation
o
 
This activity requires students to recreate their cloud sketch on a large piece of construction paper.

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