What could be more fun when finishing up a unit on clouds than painting them with puffy paint? This cloud naming lesson is so much fun, and really shows if the students have developed a strong metacognition about the topic.
One of our content strands is the atmosphere. It's huge, so by necessity we have to break it down into manageable chunks.
Although it isn't necessary for younger students to know the exact names for the different types of clouds, they do have to recognize and predict the type of weather that is associated with certain clouds. Kids should be able to look up in the sky and understand when a storm may be coming or why there aren't any clouds in the atmosphere.
It is actually a natural extension to go ahead and introduce the names of the three basic types of formations when talking about clouds:
We also did the usual cloud in a bottle experiment to help them understand how they are formed.
Below is a short slide show of our cloud lesson. The first frame is of the poster we wrote about what we THOUGHT we knew about clouds. If you look carefully, you can read some very funny insights into the children's thinking!
It then moves on to how we finished up our cloud naming lesson unit - simple yet incredibly effective!
Click the speaker icon in the top left corner to start the music and slide show, and click it again to turn off the music when it is finished.
The directions for this cloud naming lesson are below.
Teacher Tip: Make the puffy paint in advance. It will keep for an hour or so.
Oh, why is it called Puffy Paint? It is so cool - when it dries, it is puffy! You can push it in with your finger and it feels like a marshmallow and bounces back.
Serious fun for young kids (and adults).