Show multiple photographs for each type of cloud.
Write the name of each cloud on chart paper.
Have students sort cloud pictures under the name of each cloud.
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…”
Students will be instructed to make observation about the clouds outside.
What types of clouds do you see?
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.
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
This activity requires students to recreate their cloud sketch on a large piece of construction paper.