SCIENCE STATIONS – CLOUDS - Cumulus, Status, Cirrus and more!
Station 1 - Creative Writing
Students will demonstrate their knowledge of the water cycle (and clouds) by writing from the perspective of a water droplet, Walter, going through the entire cycle. There should be a focus of the type of cloud that Walter turns into by giving details about the elevation and shape of the particular cloud that the student chooses to focus on.
Station 2 - Math Connection & Reading Diagrams
This station provides the students with a diagram of the elevation and shapes of various cloud types. Students are asked to answer questions based on the diagram. Then students are asked to perform an integer word problem and a problem on mean, median, mode and range.
Station 3 – Interactive Notebook
This foldable “Clouds: Cumulus, Stratus, Cirrus” is perfect for interactive notebooks. It is a cut/paste activity.
Station 4 - Cloud in a Bottle Activity
This activity allows students to visualize how clouds are formed and how temperature plays an important role in cloud formation. It requires very basic materials but the result is a nice visual. Students are then asked to draw the results and answer questions relating the activity to cloud formation and the water cycle. After the students have filled it in independently, they confer with their group and discuss. Then, they compare their answers to the answer key. Put in binder upon completion.
Station 5 – Weather Domino Vocabulary Cards – cloud, stratus cloud, cirrus cloud, nimbo, cumulus cloud, precipitation, condensation, evaporation, water vapor, water cycle, altitude, fog, rain, sleet, hail, snow, rain gauge, barometer, thermometer, atmosphere, psychrometer, convection, meteorologist, air pressure, relative humidity
Cut out the individual cards and mix up. Students work together on the floor to create a domino type maze connecting the word with the proper definition. There are cards with pictures for the lower level students and cards without for the higher students.
Station 5 – Technology Connection
Watch Bill Nye the Science Guy on Clouds. I use Nexus Laptops or Chrome-books with headphones for this station. It is a nice, quiet break for the kids.