Different Types of Clouds
Learning about cloud formation and seasonal changes
Lesson length: 1 session
Lesson from Grandma Bird series
- Wider learning opportunities: Science: weather and seasons
We have different seasonal and daily weather patterns in the United Kingdom. Knowing different types of clouds can offer clues to the weather. If Noi had been more aware of the cloud patterns, perhaps he wouldn’t have needed rescuing in the storm.
- Download the clouds slideshow
- Flipchart or similar for keeping a class cloud diary
Would the clouds have given Noi a clue about the way the weather would turn out?
Revisit the story asking the children to comment on the appearance of the clouds. Collect the words used and list them on the board. Ask if they know that there are names for different types of clouds. Can anyone name any? Share the slideshow.
- Cumulus clouds are big and fluffy. They form low in the sky. They bring short, heavy showers of rain.
- Stratus clouds are big blankets of dull clouds. They hang low in the sky and cover the whole sky. They give a light drizzle but not heavy showers.
- Cirrus clouds are found high up in the sky and are made almost entirely of ice.
Identifying different clouds
Keep a cloud diary for a week, going outside and spotting different clouds. Draw, describe, and identify the clouds in the morning and then make a note of what happened to the weather.
Link back to the earlier question about Noi.
- Would knowledge of the clouds have helped him?
- Can you name the clouds that were in the sky that day?
- Which clouds are indicators of a storm coming?
cirrus, stratus cumulus