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Basic Cloud Types


The students will observe and identify the three basic cloud types (i.e., cumulus, stratus, cirrus)


Cameras, computers, books, magazines, encyclopedias

Student Prior Knowledge

The students will be aware that there are various types of clouds and that each type of cloud usually determines the kind of weather we experience.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Make predictions based on observations and current knowledge.

Instructional Procedures


  • Cloud_types.JPG
    Juab School District, Mona Elementary, Bob Moore, Mary Wohlforth, 4th Grade students using digital photos from weather station to teach 2nd grade students.
  • clouds.pdf
    North Sanpete. Moroni Elementary, Holly Jorgenson. Powerpoint showing basic cloud types.
  • cloudtypes.ppt
    North Sanpete District, Moroni Elementary, Joyce Finlinson 4th grade. Small portion of student generated PowerPoint of 5 cloud types. Total presentation contained 60 slides.
  • Hurricanes.pdf
    North Sanpete District, Moroni Elementary, Joyce Finlinson 4th grade. Sample of student written report on hurricanes. Information researched on internet and used scanned pictures.

Step 1: The teacher will explain, define, and show the three basic cloud types. Step 2: The teacher will discuss the weather associated with each cloud type. Step 3: The students will create a picture representing the three cloud formations utilizing cotton balls at the elevations which they form. Students will label and briefly describe the weather for each representation. Step 4: The class will go on a walkabout to take pictures of the various cloud formations. This activity will occur over the course of several days. Students will take notebooks and journal what they observe. Step 5: Students will research the cloud combinations on the internet . Step 6: The students will classify the cloud pictures after transfering them to the computer. The students will print off their photos and will collectively create a chart combining all of the pictures according to the cloud category they fall under. Step 7: The class will share their project with a second grade class.


After studying the basic cloud types students may work in small groups researching on internet and other mediums about hurricanes, tornadoes,etc. Student will generate a report of their findings. The report can be a PowerPoint, written report, oral presentation, etc.


Jordan School District TRB USA Today Weather


Created: 07/29/2003
Updated: 01/31/2018