Cloud Watching

Suggested Grades



Students will examine, identify, and record cumulus, cumulonimbus, cirrus, and stratus cloud formations.


  • drawing utensils
  • drawing paper


  • Teach students the names and the characteristics of the various cloud formations.

  • cumulus ¬†
    Cumulus -heaped clouds with flat bases and cotton-like tops. cumulonimbus Cumulonimbus -anvil-topped cumulus bringing thunder and rain. cirrus
    Cirrus -white feathery lines or bands at great height.

    Stratus -layer clouds usually smooth and dark.
  • Set out a time of the day when the class can go out and do a cloud observation and drawing daily (about 15 minutes).
  • During this time ask students to draw, colour in, and try to identify the cloud formations that they see.
  • Gather as a class and ask students to share their guesses and their reasons for them.
  • As a class make a calculated guess at the type of cloud that was seen the most.
  • Eventually each student will have drawings of many variations of these cloud formations.
  • Note:You may want to include predicting the weather by observing cloud formations.