Objective: Children will learn about the meteorologist, who is sometimes called a weather person, as a community helper who studies weather and how meteorologists examine clouds and cloud formations to help to predict the weather.‹ Return to Theme
Clouds are often visible in the sky. They provide us with rain, protection from the heat of the Sun, and help to keep the planet warm. Meteorologists study the weather and help us know what kind of weather to expect each day. Meteorologists often use satellites to look at the Earth from space to study the weather.
Clouds are formed from water vapor. All air contains water. Closer to the ground, the water is typically in the form of an invisible gas called water vapor. When the air is warmed, it rises and cools. Cool air can't hold as much water vapor as warm air, so some of the vapor condenses (forms back into droplets). The water droplets cling to tiny pieces of dust that are floating in the air. When billions of these droplets come together they form a cloud. The individual droplets are so small and light that they can float in the air.
Clouds can weigh many tons. As long as the cloud is warmer than the air around it, it will still float. Clouds come in many, many shapes and sizes; but meteorologists and scientist use some basic classifications to predict the weather.
Satellites are special instruments or tools that are sent into space to orbit, fly around, the Earth and gather information to send back to Earth to scientists and meteorologists. Satellites have special computers and cameras on them. Satellites provide a great deal of information constantly and quickly. This information, especially when it is used for predicting storms, has been very helpful in saving lives and property.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
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