1. Topic-
Weather and Climate
 
2. Content-
Clouds and cloud formation.

Vocabulary: Clouds, Condensation, Cirrus Clouds, Stratus Clouds, Cumulus Clouds, Cumulonimbus Clouds, Fog, Thunderstorms
 
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
Students will gain knowledge about weather and clouds.

Students will have an appreciation for weather patterns and cloud formation.

Students will understand the importance of knowing about the different types of clouds and the weather pattern associated with them.
 
4. Objectives-
1.Students have an understanding about how clouds form.

2.Students will be able to identify the four types of clouds.

3. Students will be able to distinguish between different types of clouds and weather conditions.
 
5. Materials and Aids-
For "Clouds in a Jar" science experiment: 1 gallon glass jar, large rubber band, plastic wrap, wooden match, ice cubes, and hot water.
 
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

Students will be asked to gather around the window and look at the clouds outside. I will facilitate an open class discussion. What do they see? What do they notice about the clouds?
 

B. Development-

I will start our lesson by conducting a "Cloud in a Jar" science experiment. See attached worksheet for instructions.

We will discuss results. What happened? Why? What did students observe during this experiment?
 

C. Practice-

We will begin reviewing the attached PowerPoint Presentation about different types of clouds, cloud formation, and weather patterns.

Teacher will introduce each main type of clouds: Cirrus, Stratus, Cumulus, and Cumulonimbus

With each cloud type, I will show a picture of the cloud and we will discuss and make predictions of the type of weather associated with the cloud type.
 

D. Independent Practice-

1. Students will be given a quick "vocabulary match" probe by drawing a line from the vocabulary word to the correct definition. (See attached)

2.I will read aloud to the class the attached questions and have them call out answers as a quick probe to assess students' learning (see attached).

3. Time permitting, students will work in pairs putting together three-part puzzle pieces, with the name of the cloud formation, the description, and the picture (see attached).
 

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1. Students will be given additional time to complete any in-class activities and assignments.

2. Teacher will be available for support and will be walking around the room to assist students.
 

F. Checking for understanding-

Each student will receive a card (see attached) with a question relating to cloud formation as an "exit ticket" for the ending of the lesson and to check for comprehension.
 

G. Closure-

We will wrap up with final thoughts and I will answer any questions students have To extend learning, I will ask students to observe clouds over the course of one week. They will use the attached "Cloud Observation Log" to identify cloud types. We will check back in and review our findings next week.
 
7. Evaluation-
1. Students will be measured based on completed in-class assignments.

2. Students will also be graded on observation journal of cloud formation over the course of the next week.
 

This Lesson Plan is available at (www.teacherjet.com)