All About Clouds

Lesson Overview

Clouds come in many different shapes and sizes. They form at different elevations from ground level to the upper reaches of the atmosphere. Where they form can tell us what the weather is doing and how it will change. In this lesson, learn how clouds formed early in Earth’s history, how clouds connect to the water cycle, and how to identify the various types.

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  • All About Clouds presentation
  • Outdoor activity – cloud viewer activity sheet, scissors, drawing supplies
  • Indoor activity – jar with a lid, match, warm water, and ice cubes

K.ESS2.1 Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.

5.ESS2.1 Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.

7.ESS2.2 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.

HS.ESS1.6 Apply scientific reasoning and evidence from ancient Earth materials, meteorites, and other planetary surfaces to construct an account of Earth’s formation and early history.

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