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Science - 2nd Grade
Standard 2 Objective 3
The weather lesson plan focuses on types of clouds.
Instructional Procedures for Clouds
Now I Know What Makes the Weather, by Janet Palazzo; ISBN 0-89375-655-5
The Kids Book of Clouds and Sky, by Frank Staub; ISBN 1-4027-2806-9
The Man Who Named the Clouds, by Julie Hannah and John Holub; ISBN-13: 978-0-8075- 4974-2
A Drop Around the World, by Barbara Shaw McKinney; ISBN 1-883220-72-6
The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story, by Neil Waldman; ISBN 0-7613-2347-3
Clouds, by Marion Dane Bauer; ISBN 0-689-85441-2
Rain, by Marion Dane Bauer; ISBN 0-689-85439-0
The Cloud Book, by Tomie dePaola; ISBN-10: 0823405311
The Rain Came Down, by David Shannon; ISBN 13: 9780439050210
It Looked Like Spilt Milk, by Charles G. Shaw; ISBN 0-06-443159-2
Wacky Weather, by John Malam and Steve Fricker; ISBN 0689811896
Puddles, by Jonathan London; ISBN 9780140561753
The Water Cycle, by Helen Frost; ISBN 0-7368-0409-9
Clouds, by, Ted OHare; ISBN 1-58952-570-1
Down Comes the Rain, by Franklyn M. Branley; ISBN 0-613-04877-6
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatball, by Judi Barrett; ISBN 0-590-30384-8
Thunder Cake, by Patricia Palocco; ISBN 0-698-11581-3 1
Students should know that rain and snow come from the sky and/ or clouds. Teachers should know the different types of clouds: fair weather clouds (cumulus), rain clouds (cirrus and stratus), and storm (cumulonimbus) and what weather comes from each cloud. Cumulus means heap in Latin; they are dark gray, low-level clouds forming at 2,000-4,000 feet and are mostly made of water droplets. Stratus means layer in Latin; they are also low-level clouds forming up to 6,500 feet and are a low, lumpy layer that can produce weak precipitation. Cirrus means curl in Latin; they are high-level clouds forming above 20,000 feet and are primarily formed of ice crystals. Cumulonimbus means curl in Latin; they are mid-level clouds forming at 1,600-39,000 feet, and are large, vertical storm clouds. The tops of the cumulonimbus clouds can reach 39,000 feet. They can develop into large, powerful thunderstorms.
1. Demonstrate a positive learning attitude.
6. Communicate clearly in oral, artistic, written, and nonverbal form.
Invitation to Learn
Have pictures of the different type of cloudsfair weather, rain and storm (cumulus, cirrus, stratus, and cumulonimbus)hanging randomly around the room. Ask students to sit under the cloud that matches their mood right then. Ask how students decided where to sit. This is a good pre-assessment to see how much the students know about the different cloud types.
Instructional Procedures for Clouds
Curriculum Extensions/Adaptations/ Integration
Margulies, N., (2001). Visual Thinking: Symbolic Ways Of Representing Ideas: A Need For More Symbols. New Horizons for Learning, Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec 2001, Vol. VII, No. 4
As Aristotle said, The soul never thinks without a mental image. Our culture is one that communicates with icons and symbols. Symbols and icons allow you to see parts of the whole. Making ideas visible with both images and words is our process of thinking.
Margulies, N., (2001). Mindscaping: A Learning and Thinking Skill for All Students. New Horizons for Learning, Sept/Oct/Nov/Dec 2001, Vol. VII, No. 4
Mindscaping is a way to make visual maps. It is a tool used to record ideas and understand what you hear. Mindscaping is a form of note taking that engages the student to make sense of what is being taught without writing long sentences and having a wandering mind.