Weather Changes: Cloud Types (SOL 2.6)

Weather Changes: Cloud Types

Instructor’s Name: Gemma Griffin

Grade: 2nd

Time: 45 minutes

Topic: Weather Changes

Concept: Cloud types

SOL: 2.6 The student will investigate and understand basic types, changes, and patterns of weather.

Rationale: Being able to predict the weather just by looking outside is important in every day life, in terms just as simple as looking outside and knowing what to wear, or whether or not to take an umbrella out with you. Clouds are a good indicator of the type of weather in store for the day. By understanding clouds, students will begin to understand the types of weather changes associated with them.

Goals:     To promote science as inquiry.

To investigate specific types of clouds.

To become aware of basic weather patterns and changes.

To practice internet researching skills.




The student will be able to identify four different types of clouds and the weather that they bring, using an internet search; evidenced by cloud journal rubric.



The student will be able to form representations of the four different types of clouds researched using cotton balls; evidenced by cloud journal rubric.


The student will be able to recognize how clouds affect the weather and their daily lives; evidenced by a class discussion.


Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cotton balls, glue

Cloud Journal

Internet access:

Advanced Organizer:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs


1. In the computer lab, have students research what the following clouds look like: cirrus, cumulus, stratus, and cumulonimbus. Have students on their cloud journal draw a picture of what the cloud looks like, and write what type of weather it brings.

2. After students have completed their journal using the internet search, have students use cotton to make the clouds on their journal.

Questions for Discussion:

Talk about which clouds bring which types of weather, and what kinds of clothing one might need, whether it would be a good idea to play outside, etc.


Have students share their cloud journals.


See attached Cloud Journal rubric.


This lesson was differentiated using technology, art, and both visual and auditory instructional methods.


    Cloud Journal Rubric

Student Name:


The student identified the type of weather associated with each cloud.                                                                           /4pts

The student drew a picture of each type of cloud.                                                                                                         /4pts

The student represented each type of cloud using cotton.                                                                                              /4pts

The student made predictions during class discussion about what the clouds and weather meant to their lives.                /3pts

Total:         /15pts



______________’ s Cloud Journal

Directions: For each cloud type: 1. Tell what kind of weather the cloud brings.

2. Tell what the cloud looks like.

3. Draw a picture of the cloud in the boxl.

4. Over your picture, make the cloud with cotton.

































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