Cloud Watchersby: Emily Morgan, Karen Ansberry, and Colleen Phillips-Birdsong

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Weather is a topic in science that is applicable to our lives on an everyday basis. The weather often determines what we wear, where we go, and what we do. The activities here focus on clouds and the part they play in determining our weather. In the K–3 lesson, students learn about different cloud types and sculpt each type out of shaving cream. In the lesson for grades 4–6, students learn about Luke Howard—the man responsible for naming clouds—and then investigate clouds by collecting real data for NASA’s S’COOL project (see Internet Resource). This sample chapter also included the Table of Contents, National Science Education Standards: Content Standards K–4, Content Standards 5–8, Alignment With A Framework for K–12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, and Index.

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  • on Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:57 PM

This is an awesome chapter. The lesson plans and resources in it are extremely straight-forward and beneficial. I plan to use this resource with my students in the future!


  • on Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:41 AM

This excellent book chapter has two excellent lessons about clouds to correlate with books about clouds. One lesson really caught my eye - sculpting clouds with shaving cream. Kids would love doing this lesson and learning about clouds at the same time.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:42 PM

If you have been to a Picture Perfect workshop or have used any of Karen Angsberry and Emily Morgan’s science lessons, you know what gems they are in helping teachers to use best practice teaching strategies while integrating relevant literature into science lessons for K-6th grades. Using the 5 E lesson model, Colleen Phillips-Birdsong, a second grade teacher in Ohio, teams up with Karen and Emily to create an engaging weather lesson about clouds. The book chapter includes: a historical component (Do you know who is responsible for naming clouds?); an investigation where students collect real data using NASA’s S’COOL Internet project; several student worksheets; and detailed lesson plans. Two different lesson plans are provided - one for students in K-3rd grade and one for students in 4th through 6th grade. The authors have aligned the lesson to the NGS standards (Dimension #3: Disciplinary Core Ideas – Earth and Space Science), and the Internet Resources section includes a cloud types tutorial that is an excellent quick primer for teachers needing a refresher on the topic.

Carolyn Mohr  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn Mohr (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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