Here's a great way to teach about cloud identification and classification! Each child makes their own Nature-Watch Weather Window - a hand-held frame with a variety of cloud types classified by altitude. Kit includes cardboard frames and cloud pictures. Participants will cut out each picture and glue them onto their very own Weather Window! Then, head outside and match real clouds to the photos. Identify the cloud type and discuss what type of weather might follow as a result.
Our exclusive activity guide provides all of the information needed to teach about cloud identification - even if the instructor has no previous knowledge on this subject. Ages 4 and up. Everything you need is provided!
Please note: this kit requires a considerable amount of cutting. Recommended for ages 6 and up depending on their cutting skills. There is assembly required. You will need to cut out each individual cloud picture and glue each one on to the provided cardboard frame.
Video: Step by Step Assembly
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Discover clouds and weather in an exciting way.
- Classify types of clouds and learn the weather they bring.
- Make a Weather Window that can be used to identify clouds and predict weather.
- All the materials you'll need to make your Weather Windows.
- Our exclusive instructor's activity guide that makes planning the project easy and delivers loads of fun ideas for activities, games and relevant projects.
General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.2, NS.K-4.4 and NS.5-8.4 Physical Science and Earth and Space Sciences.
Content Standard B: Properties of Objects and Materials (K-4)
Materials can exist in different states—solid, liquid, and gas. Some common materials, such as water, can be changed from one state to another by heating or cooling.
Content Standard D: Changes in the Earth and Sky (K-4)
Weather changes from day to day and over the seasons. Weather can be described by measurable quantities, such as temperature, wind direction and speed, and precipitation.
Content Standard D: Structure of the Earth System (5-8)
Clouds, formed by the condensation of water vapor, affect weather and climate.
Specific (California standards):
(K.1b) Students know water can be a liquid or a solid and can be made to change back and forth from one form to the other.
(1.1a) Students know solids, liquids, and gases have different properties.
(1.3a) Students know how to use simple tools (e.g. thermometer, wind vane) to measure weather conditions and record changes from day to day and across the seasons.
(5.4d) Students know how to use weather maps and data to predict local weather and know that weather forecasts depend on many variables.