My audience will be Middle School and Jr. High School students and I will be teaching them the types of clouds using various resources.
This will be the opening picture, this is a good visual reference for the students because it lists the clouds names shows their appearances and the average altitude for each cloud. Before I bring the picture in, I have a learning moment to see if the students know any of the cloud names already! 2nd week changes (fly in picture)
Cumulus clouds have three different types and I will explain these different types of cumulus clouds and let them take notes. 2nd week changes (text box used)
These clouds usually bring heavy storms and will have lightning with them.
These clouds are more commonly known as fog or mist instead of clouds, these clouds are very low because they have lots of precipitation and form when its cool therefore sinking to the ground.
These clouds form on blue skied days up high and are usually moving pretty fast.
Altocumulus clouds are very high up in the atmosphere so they aren't influenced by thermals, this is why they only create light rain.
These clouds are very high up in the sky and cause pretty sunsets because of the light bouncing off of them, they do not create precipitation.
More commonly known as the “rain” cloud, these clouds bring heavy storms and have a slow rainfall, this cloud can also make snow or sleet.
These wispy clouds form on bright sunny days and are usually seen quickly through the sky. These clouds do not create precipitation.
Very similar to the cirrus cloud, but the only difference is this cloud does produce precipitation and lots of it, it you see lots of these clouds together you will know you are going to have bad weather soon. 2nd week changes arrow for emphasis and text box
Exactly like the cirrus cloud but are not easily spotted, and when they are spotted they produce optical effects. These clouds do not produce precipitation.
This is the chart I talked about in my action plan, in this chart students will fill out the name of the cloud, the appearance of the cloud, the conditions the clouds best form in, and a few facts about the cloud that they found interesting. (2nd week changes-present filled in and then students will be given a blank chart. Answers may vary in facts column)
Answers: left to right, top to bottom – cirrostratus, cirrus, cirrocumulus, altostratus, altocumulus, cumulonimbus, stratocumulus, stratus, nimbostratus, cumulus, fog 2nd week addition
Action plan, goals, answer sheet and rubric 2nd week changes
Types of Clouds
Target audience: Middle school,
Jr. High school
• There are three types of
• humilis are wider than they are tall
• mediocris are as wide as they are tall
• congestus are taller than they are wide
Can “grow” on
Form best under these conditions:
• Lots of warm and moist air
• Increasing winds make the cloud slant
• The atmosphere around the cloud needs to
Thunderstorms on the way!
• Stratus clouds are formed when large air
masses cool, also known as fog or mist.
• Stratus clouds are also the lowest forming
Light rain most likely
• Stratocumulus clouds are textured and puffy.
• Stratocumulus clouds usually form from
cumulus or stratus clouds.
Snow is possible
• Altocumulus clouds are very high in the sky,
so they are usually above the influence of
• The usual precipitation is light rain.
• Altostratus Clouds altitude is between 6,500
and 23,000 ft
• But since they are up so high they are the
reason for pretty sunsets.
• Usually thick and wet, with lots of
precipitation that is steady and slow.
• Formed from altostratus clouds when they
• Cirrus clouds are the highest of all clouds
and made of ice crystals.
• Cirrus clouds have no visible precipitation.
• Another cloud mostly made of ice crystals.
• Lots of large cirrocumulus clouds may
indicate bad weather.
• Formed in the troposphere in high winds.
on the way!
• Cirrostratus clouds are usually difficult to
• Cirrostratus clouds produce a variety of
• Lets watch this short
video to review the
Blue-gray, blanket-like Rain or snow likely
Made of ice and water
at middle heights
Wispy ice clouds
Seen in clear skies
Mean good weather,
but can mean a
change in weather
Dark, heavy waterdroplet clouds
Rain or snow likely
Seen at low or lowermiddle heights
Hail, wind and
lightening are on the
Flat, low clouds
Light rain, drizzle, or
Fluffy, lower clouds
Clouds can grow. If
growing late in day,
indicates change in
My action plan is:
1. Teach students common cloud subject
2. Read cloud section in textbook.
3. Present Cloud PowerPoint.
4. Do worksheets, charts, and study guide.
5. Take quiz over clouds.
My goals are to teach the students the names of the clouds, the
appearance, the conditions they form in, and a few facts about the
Student was able to name 6 common clouds -6 points
Student was able to label the pictures of the 6 common clouds -6
Student was able to state the conditions needed for at least 2 of the
common clouds -3 points
Student was able to state at least one fact for 5 of the common
clouds -5 points
Extra credit points are earned by additional information on chart or