a Cloud Chart
suggested grade levels: 3- 6
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|Large sheet of tagboard||Blue paint|
|Black paint||Roll of cotton batting|
|Felt pen or crayon||Rubber cement|
|Black construction paper|
Use the cloud imaging section of the Digital Atlas of Idaho. To get there: Click on Atlas Home, Climatology, then on Cloud Imaging. Scroll down so you can click on the links to see pictures of the clouds, use these pictures as a model for your class when making their clouds.
clouds: (20,000 feet)
|Low clouds: (below
|Middle clouds: (6,500
- 20,000 feet)
with a lot of vertical development:
Paint the tagboard blue so that it looks like the sky. Draw an altitude scale in feet at one side of the chart. Cut from black construction paper silhouettes or shapes of well-known mountains and the tallest buildings. Paste these silhouettes on the bottom of the chart, making sure that they extend to the proper heights.
Unroll a fresh pack of cotton. Cut the different shapes or forms of clouds out of the cotton. Add a little black paint on the thunderclouds. Use rubber cement to attach the clouds to the chart at their proper altitudes or heights. Label the clouds either by printing the name of each cloud directly under it or on a slip of paper that is glued over the cloud. It is easy to identify clouds using the chart.
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