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GLOBE: Cloud Watch
https://www.globe.gov/documents/348614/381dac63-2770-4517-95ab-275a2effcf9f

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Students observe cloud type and coverage, as well as other weather conditions over a five-day period and correlate these observations. Students make and test predictions using these observations.

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.

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ngssSee how this Activity supports the Next Generation Science Standards»
Middle School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 2 Cross Cutting Concepts, 2 Science and Engineering Practices
High School: 2 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 2 Cross Cutting Concepts, 2 Science and Engineering Practices

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Teaching Tips

  • 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.

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