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.
- 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.
Cumulus -heaped clouds with flat bases and cotton-like tops. Cumulonimbus -anvil-topped cumulus bringing thunder and rain.
Cirrus -white feathery lines or bands at great height.
Stratus -layer clouds usually smooth and dark.