The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
This activity takes one 30-50 minute class period plus 5-10 minutes for up to three times/day over five days for the observations.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy |
- This lesson plan is short and straightforward, and very easy for an instructor to follow, and also to easily adapt to their learner's needs.
- Pairs well with the lesson "Observing, Describing, and Identifying Clouds", and both could easily be facilitated together across the same several days.
- GLOBE Observer is one way to submit data from cloud observations.
- Consider having a local weather forecaster visit to talk about predicting weather through clouds and other tools as an extension.
- Recording format can be created by teacher or GLOBE journal.
About the Science
- Students makes connections between cloud type, cloud cover, and weather.
- Students participate in a multi-day observation task.
- Students use scientific inquiry to explore clouds, and look for patterns, in order to predict the weather.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- Outdoor work will engage students and can easily be executed at home.
- This lesson can support multiple ages and multiple learning styles with its place-based and hands-on approach to learning about the weather.
- Students, especially elementary age, will be engaged in making observations across multiple days and times.
- The content can easily be adapted for younger students or older students.
- Instructors will need to develop their own assessment.