To continue my son's introduction to the Earth, today we talked about Clouds.
Read this Book: Clouds by Marion Dane Bauer
Do these Experiments: How Do We Know that Air Exists?
The book I mention above is a perfect introduction to clouds. It taught us about the 3 types of clouds:
- Cirrus (wispy)
- Stratus (layered)
- Cumulus (puffy)
Then we did a simple, easy and inexpensive activity demonstrating the difference between the three types of clouds.
Learning about Clouds Materials
Learning about Clouds Approach
- Review: We reviewed the part of the book referencing the three types of clouds.
- Language: I used language to describe the scientific terms and tried to find analogies in our concrete world (e.g. wispy = my hair, puffy = shaving cream when it comes out of the can, layered = what Seattle clouds look like most of the time but also like a layered cake or dip).
- Work: We worked together to break apart the cotton balls (or not) to make them into the shape we needed to match the type of cloud. The Cirrus was a great fine motor exercise as we tore and stretched the cotton balls. The Stratus and Cumulus were less challenging although my son had the brilliant idea of stacking the cotton balls to make them “really puffy, mama”. Good point.
- Then we squeezed glue onto the construction paper and applied the cotton balls to match the type of cloud.
Here is the final product. A fun visual for all of us. I did the 3-period lesson on these new words with my son.
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