suggested grade levels: 6- 9
view Idaho achievement standards for this lesson
1. Students will learn how to use the Climatology section the Digital Atlas of Idaho.
2. Students will be able to identify basic cloud types.
3. Students will be able to predict basic weather patterns by knowing cloud types.
1. Encourage your students to look out window at the beginning of class and look for clouds.
2. Use the Digital Atlas of Idaho: To get there: Click on Atlas Home, Climatology, then on Cloud Imaging. Scroll down on the right side until the links of different cloud types come into view. Click on these and compare to the types of clouds that are seen in the sky. Record cloud types observed in a class journal.
Atlas can be used to answer the following questions as a class, as days go by,
try to give the students less and less help. This way it makes them learn the
material on their own.
a. What types of clouds are observed?
b. What are the characteristics of these clouds? (altitude, ice or water, etc)
c. What kinds of weather are these types of clouds consistent with?
d. What type of weather can we expect to see later in the day?
e. Are some types of clouds seen more often at particular times of the day compared to others?
4. Teachers can turn this activity into a quiz at any time if desired.
These are links to access the handouts and printable materials.