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Elementary GLOBE: Cloudscape DLESE Reviewed Collection
A learning activity for the "Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?" book in the Elementary GLOBE series. Using information from the book and their observations, students construct a sky scene with trees and buildings as reference points on the ground and cloud types ordered by altitude in the sky. Students will describe clouds using their own vocabulary and will then correlate their descriptions with the standard classifications of cloud types used by the GLOBE Program. The purpose of the activity is to help students identify some of the characteristics of clouds and to enable students to observe clouds, describe them in a common vocabulary, and compare their descriptions with the official cloud names. Students will be able to identify cloud types using standard cloud classification names. They will know that the names used for the clouds are based on three factors: their shapes, the altitude at which they occur, and whether they are producing precipitation.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Lesson plan
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - artistic
    • Illustration - scientific
  • Text:
    • Glossary
    • Book
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Environmental science
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Human geography
    • Physical geography
  • Mathematics
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Books can be viewed online. Hard copies can be purchased. Copyright UCAR.
DLESE Catalog ID: GLOBE-000-000-000-713
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Changes in earth and sky
        • Objects in the sky
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Places and regions:
      • The physical and human characteristics of places
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
The GLOBE Program
www.globe.gov