Objective: Children will observe and draw cloud formations.‹ Return to Theme
Note: Choose a day when clouds are present to perform this activity.
A cloud is a large collection of extremely tiny droplets of water. The droplets are so tiny they can float together in the air. A cloud will float as long as the cloud is warmer than the outside air around it. Clouds cannot move by themselves; the wind moves them. Although the main types of clouds are cirrus, cumulus, and stratus clouds, there are a wide range of different types of clouds. Stratus clouds are flat and look like layers. Cumulus clouds are puffy and look like cotton. Cirrus clouds are thin and wispy and are high in the sky.
Different types of clouds and cloud patterns are good indicators of the type of weather to expect on a particular day. They can appear to be different colors ranging from white to gray to grayish blue. For instance, dark, gray, wet-looking clouds are usually present during rainy or snowy days. White, wispy clouds are generally present during pleasant, sunny days. Weather affects practically everything we do. Weather forecasters, called meteorologists, watch weather patterns over time to predict or tell us what type of weather is expected.
Take blankets or large towels outside for the children to lie on while observing the clouds.
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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There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.