NEW 2015 RESOURCES
Clouds Theme Page
This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of clouds. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.
- USA Today has a series of hyper-linked articles on clouds. Topics covered
include: types of clouds, interrelationships between stability and clouds,
and how clouds influence weather.
Lesson Plans: Meteorology
- The above link is to AskEric's Meteorology page where you'll find plenty
of lessons about the weather if you wish to browse/search their site yourself.
Or, use the links below to go directly to some lesson plans specifically about
Types A lesson plan for Grade 5 students. Students will be able to
identigy and describe four different cloud types (cirrus, stratus, cumulonimbus,
A multidisciplinary lesson for grdes 4-6 that not only teaches them about
clouds but can encourage abstract thinking, writing and painting.
Forecasting Grade 6-8 students learn abaout basic cloud formations
in this unit on forecasting weather.
- WeatherEye, a public service of KGAN presents this interactive lesson for
grades 5 to 8 students (teacher's guide).
- A lab experiment through which students can determine how clouds are formed.
- This site provides different photographs of clouds that students may download,
use, and/or adapt as they wish.
- From the University of Illinois: "The purpose of this module is to introduce
a number of cloud classifications, different types of precipitation, and the
mechanisms responsible for producing them."
One Key to Foretelling the Weather
- This tutorial from Environment Canada gives brief explanations on how various
types of clouds are formed as well as pictures of sixteen types.
the Weatherworks: Activities, Experiments and Investigations
- Activities that can be used to study the shape and color of clouds.
Meteorology Program Cloud Boutique
- A general cloud reference source with detailed pictures.
- [A] Review of Theoretical and Observational Studies in Cloud and Precipitation
- The content at this site is presented at a somewhat advanced level but
it should be appropriate for high school students. Topics include: various
types of clouds; electrification of clouds; clouds as components in the global
climate system ; possible influence of cloud condensation on climate; acid
rain and cloud chemistry, and more.
for Painting Clouds
- Just what a teacher needs for a multi-disciplinary unit on clouds.
Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of curricular content in Clouds. For other resources in Science (e.g., curricular content in Earth Science, General Science, Life Science, or Physical Science), or for lesson plans and theme pages, click the "previous screen" button below. Or, click here if you wish to return directly to the CLN menu which will give you access to educational resources in all of our subjects.