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NASA eClips: Our World: Cool Clouds

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

This eClip video is part of NASA's Our World series and introduces students to the basics of cloud formation.

Video length is 7:14 min

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Teaching Tips

  • This is a good video to accompany with a cloud-in-a-bottle hands-on activity or to use in a unit about weather or gas properties.
  • Reviewers recommend pairing this video with a diverse female activity in order to iterate that the male-dominated stereotype in this video is incorrect. Or teachers can potentially use this to lead into a discussion about representation in science.

About the Science

  • The topic of this video is how clouds form, what the different types of clouds are, and what differentiates them.
  • In this 7-minute video, students will learn how clouds are formed and watch an experiment to make a cloud using liquid nitrogen.
  • They will find out how scientists classify clouds according to their altitude and how clouds reflect and absorb light, giving them different colors.
  • There is mention early on that dust particles are important for cloud formation, but this could have been reiterated later on when cloud formation was described again.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • The video shows demonstrations, graphics, and adds humor to make the topic engaging for students.
  • The video is accompanied by links to more background info and related activities.
  • There is no video-specific teachers guide. Teachers may want to consider creating their own discussion questions.

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