Lesson 6: The Clouds Above Us

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • How does the weather affect living things?
  • Why does the weather change?
  • Why do we study and observe weather?
  • How is weather measured?
  • What are clouds?

Facts and Definitions

  • A cloud is a collection of condensed water droplets or ice crystals that you can see. Clouds float in the sky.

Skills

  • Describe weather using quantitative measures of temperature, wind direction, wind speed, and precipitation. (S)

Materials

  • The Kids' Book of Weather Forecasting by Mark Breen and Kathleen Friestad
  • cotton balls (10-12)
  • glue
  • light blue construction paper (3 sheets)
  • markers
  • scissors

Introduction

Materials: The Kids' Book of Weather Forecasting by Mark Breen and Kathleen Friestad
During this lesson, your child will learn about clouds and how different types of clouds are used to predict the weather.

Ask your child to explain what a cloud is. Then, conduct the quick demonstration described on p. 79 in The Kids' Book of Weather Forecasting. Explain that he's going to be learning about clouds during this lesson.

Reminder:

  1. Fill out your weather log each day as outlined in Lesson 1.
  2. Record the air pressure as outlined in Lesson 2.
  3. Take four temperature readings during the day for the daily temperature experiment as outlined in Lesson 3.
  4. Record the speed and direction of the wind as outlined in Lesson 4.
Reading and Questions
Materials: The Kids' Book of Weather Forecasting by Mark Breen and Kathleen Friestad
Ask your child to read the following pages in The Kids' Book of Weather Forecasting:

pp. 78-79 ("Clouds: The Key to Weather Forecasting" and "There's a Cloud in the Kitchen!")
p. 86 ("Clouds: Big Clues for Weather Forecasters")
pp. 88-89 ("A Key for Cloudwatchers")

Then he should answer the following questions.
Questions
  1. What is a cloud?
    A cloud is a collection of water vapor droplets that floats in the sky
  2. What do we call a cloud near the ground?
    Fog
  3. To forecast weather, what should we observe about a cloud?
    We should observe its shape and where it is in the sky.
  4. What type of cloud can be found about 3 miles high in the sky?
    Cumulus