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Clouds By: Melissa Franklin


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Technology presentation on clouds for elementary students.

Technology presentation on clouds for elementary students.

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  • The image was taken from “Images” on The picture can also be found at This image shows the different types of clouds and where they float in the troposphere. If you click the image, a video will open up. This video can be found at This video is on the NASAconnect channel on YouTube. This video provides valuable information about predicting weather. There is much information about clouds and answers the questions of: What is a cloud?, What types of clouds exist?, Which clouds make the weather?, and Why is it important to study clouds? It provides information about how clouds are classified. The three main ways clouds are classified are by their shape, altitude, and precipitation. **NASAconect’s Channel is “Endorsed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), NASA CONNECT™ supports national mathematics, science, and technology standards. NASA CONNECT™ seeks to establish a "connection" between the mathematics, science, and technology concepts taught in the classroom and the mathematics, science, and technology used everyday by NASA researchers. By demonstrating the processes of creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, NASA CONNECT™ enhances and enriches mathematics, science, and technology education.”
  • The blog picture was taken from “Images” on The picture can also be found at blog can be found at This blog titled Clouds 265 Project Blog, is a year long photographic experiment shooting clouds everyday. This blog will give students the chance to see clouds from all around the United States. Blogs can help draw in the attention of students as they read thoughts and opinions, as well as viewing beautiful photographs of the subject area.
  • This podcast is about a new NASA instrument. Cloud Sat will study clouds globally all around the Earth. This is extremely important because it will tell us how much water content is in the clouds. As we measure the water content we can see how much precipitates out as rain. This will help us determine where rain is going to fall now and in the future. This podcast is an example of yet another way we as teachers can incorporate technology into our classroom. By listening and learning from podcasts, students have the chance to learn from a variety of ways that will help keep them engaged at all times.The podcast can be found at
  • This chart was made with Kidspiration in order to display the four main types of clouds. The name of the cloud, the description, and an image of it is presented. The images were imported into Kidspiration, but found at the following links through a google search…1) Cirrus cloud cloud cloud cloud How would this diagram/GO be used in an actual lesson? In an actual lesson, I would introduce this diagram to the students on the overhead. I would also give a copy of the diagram to each of the students after the lesson so they can study the four main types of clouds. The students would be responsible for being able to look at the image of the clouds and name which type of cloud it is. They would do this in the diagram on the following slide. On the next slide, the types of clouds are in a different order than on this slide. The names of the cloud are left out, but the explanation and image are still there. The students at the end of the unit on clouds should be able to name the four main types of clouds and match them to their image. 2.) How does this visual enhance student understanding of the topic? This visual enhances student understanding of the topic because it is giving the students a clear lay out of the four types of clouds. The name, description, and an image matching the description are all lined up for the students to study. This organizer/chart is a good way for students to study this information.
  • As explained on the previous slide, this slide can be used as an assessment for the students to see if they can label the four types of clouds.
  • Science Up Close Interactive Cloud Activity: can learn about the types of clouds by clicking each cloud and listening to information about them. This is an interactive science activity that students will benefit from, while also having fun. 2) The Water Cycle: can play this game on the computer in order to help them understand the water cycle process. Students will see how clouds are involved in this process. This is a quick interactive learning tool/game that students can take turns playing.
  • 3) Clouds Matching Game: will match numerous types of clouds in the matching game, those that are more specific than just the the four main types of clouds. Students can play this game with a partner or on their own, while learning the names and what ten types of clouds look like. 4) Clouds Mobile: the new knowledge gained about clouds, students can make cloud mobiles to hang around the classroom. Students will have to know which type of cloud they are making. This link provides directions and materials to make the mobiles.
  • was found through the website (taken from the “Resources” section of the Blackboard website – Module 6, Task #4)
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    • 1. Melissa Franklin Spring 2013Intended for Third Grade
    • 2. Technology Integration• Rationale: – Weather conditions vary daily and seasonally. Clouds have an enormous influence on Earth’s energy balance, climate, and weather. Clouds are natures way of moving water from place to place on Earth. While we can visually see the changes in clouds appearance as they float above us, the science of meteorology relies on technology in order to accurately predict weather.
    • 3. Technology Integration Continued• Students will be able to use websites, videos, charts, and models to engage in learning about clouds in relation to the Earth’s weather.• Technology will allow students to witness and compare the four main types of clouds through both pictures and videos.
    • 4. Internet Content• The internet will allow students to research clouds and answer common questions such as: – What are clouds? – Why are clouds white? – Why do clouds float? – How do clouds move? – How are clouds involved in the water cycle?
    • 5. Internet Content Continued• Students will be able to watch videos and view numerous pictures about the different types of clouds.• The Internet will also allow students to walk through interactive modules and play games to help them acquire more knowledge of clouds.
    • 6. Video from the Internet (Click image to open video)
    • 7. Internet Blog (Click image to open blog) This blog is created by a photographer who is dedicated to the art, learning, and processes ofclouds in the sky. Images, videos, and information are all provided in this up to date blog.
    • 8. Internet Podcast• This podcast by NASA talks about a space instrument called Cloud Sat. The instrument will not only give us a 3-dimensional view of clouds, but it will regularly look at the water and ice content inside of clouds. It will help us gain an understanding of how clouds interact with weather forecasts and climate. This radar will allow us to interact with the water droplets that form clouds. *Click the link below to listen to the podcast:
    • 9. Internet Resource 1(Click link above to access website)Students can search and find information aboutclouds and the processes they are involved in onthis website. Most children have heard of NASAand will be interested to explore this website.Videos, images, podcasts, and press releases canall be explored through this website.
    • 10. Internet Resource 2(Click link above to access website)This website directed for kids will allow students toobtain information about topics such as science,space, and weather that all are connected to thetopic of clouds they are learning about. Thestudents will have access to images, videos,interactive games as well as other information.
    • 11. Internet Resource 3 (Click link above to access website)Students can use this child oriented website toobtain information about their local weatherforecast. They will learn about all sorts of weatherconditions and will be engaged in videos andinteractive games. Students can find informationabout meteorologists, those who study weather aswell.
    • 12. Teaching Materials• Students can learn about • Students can play this the types of clouds by game on the computer in clicking each cloud and order to help them listening to information understand the water about them. This is an cycle process. Students interactive science will see how clouds are activity that students will involved in this process. benefit from, while also This is a quick interactive having fun. learning tool/game that students can take turns playing.
    • 13. Teaching Materials 2• Students will match • With the new knowledge numerous types of clouds gained about clouds, in the matching game, students can make cloud those that are more mobiles to hang around specific than just the the the classroom. Students four main types of clouds. will have to know which Students can play this type of cloud they are game with a partner or on making. This link provides their own, while learning directions and materials the names and what ten to make the mobiles. types of clouds look like.
    • 14. Subject-Specific Internet-based Resource• This is a resource for teachers to use to find all sorts of science lessons and activities for students. This specific link is for a lesson that incorporates both math and science into an activity about clouds.
    • 15. Uses of the Internet– Students can use this link to Scientific American’s ask the expert page to research questions asked about scientific topics including weather and clouds.– This website allows students to choose from various weather related interactive material.
    • 16. Web 2.0• TeachAde ®• This is a free online community for educators to contribute to, find resources, collaborate & organize groups, and connect with colleagues.• Teachers can sign up for this easy to use social networking website and begin using the resources right away!
    • 17. Web 2.0• Twiducate• This website is similar to twitter, but is social networking for schools. This can be used by both students and teachers in order to collaborate both in and out of the classroom.
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