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Cloudwatchers

From "Into Nature" A Guide to Teaching in Nearby Nature

Elementary

Description

Cloudwatchers is an easy to use resource that exposes young students to the different cloud formations and their meanings. The resource employs inquiry-based learning with questioning, exploration and self-discovery.

Through a variety of activities, students will learn and practice the traits of a good cloud watcher and observe clouds in an outdoor setting. When sharing their observations in the  classroom students are encouraged to use the scientific names of the clouds.

Students record some of their favourite observations through an artistic rendition of what they see using paints or cotton balls. Artistic features and shapes observed in the clouds (e.g., animals, etc.) are recorded using descriptive words.

The resource includes a detailed description of how to conduct the lesson, guiding questions, curriculum connections, materials needed, a “Teacher Background Information” box , step-by-step instructions for lesson delivery and guidance on assessment and evaluation.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This is an easy to implement activity which can be repeated on a number of occasions to get primary students outdoors. It supports science and art outcomes for grades one to three.

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Themes Addressed

Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

  • Weather

Ecosystems (1)

  • Appreciating the Natural World