Explore the three main types of clouds (cirrus, cumulus, stratus) and create a cumulus zoo with a fun STEM or STEAM project! If you are studying weather systems, this would be a great supplement to your curriculum.
This contains an optional digital interactive resource (highly recommended).
Materials needed for STEM challenge: cotton balls and pipe cleaners.
• Informational text (The Water Cycle, Introduction to Clouds, Types of Clouds)
• Follow up activity (3 options)
• STEM activity (Cumulus Zoo) - includes samples, recording page, and display pages
• Instructions on using the digital resource, with examples (11 pages): Also includes instructions for using with Microsoft OneDrive.
• 3 slides with cloud animals (name the animal, label vertebrate or invertebrate, label vertebrates)
• Slide to sort photographs of cloud types
• Digital STEM animal cloud design
Why should I use a digital interactive resource instead of a paper one?
• You will save paper and ink, increase technology fluency, and support a green environment.
• Digital files can be accessed anywhere you have an internet connection! No need to worry about losing papers or keeping track of handwritten notes.
• Your students will be engaged, and you won't have scraps of paper all over your classroom! You also won't have to search for pieces that might go missing.
• Once the project is complete, your students will have created a piece of their digital portfolio. Since the information is housed on slides, presenting their material is much more seamless and manageable.
Are there any other benefits to using a digital interactive resource?
• Digital resources can be high in color and image-heavy, without worrying about using excessive ink.
• Students can gain many tech skills they may not get otherwise, including learning short cut keys, manipulating digital elements, and many more.
• Peer collaboration, editing, and review are all available at the click of a button.
• Editing and updating are not cause for a total redo!
• When you are to start the activity over again with a new group of students, you won't need to run to the copy machine.
What if I can't get something to work as I think it should?
• As with any technology-centered resource, there may be some hiccups along the way. I have provided very detailed instructions for using this resource. If you get stuck, please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to work with you so that you and your students can reap the benefits of going interactive and digital.