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Elementary GLOBE Clouds Module

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  • In this hands-on learning module, students will learn about the different types of clouds from a storybook, get outside to make observations, complete experiments and coloring activities, and learn about the weather associated with each type.
  • The module includes printable worksheets, teacher notes, access to the digital book, and a glossary.
Teaching Tips


  • There is a vast amount of background information provided for teachers to deepen their understanding of the subject.
  • Students will love the hands-on and artistic projects in this learning module.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Directions for accessing the ebook on an Apple device ask the reader to use the iBooks app, which does not seem to work the way the instructions would imply.
  • Students should know the five senses and how to use them to observe nature.
  • Students should know the terms altitude and precipitation.


  • Language arts students can make connections when describing the clouds and weather. Teachers can encourage students to use rich descriptive language to help someone picture the scene without seeing it.
  • Teachers can extend the lesson to learn about the role of clouds in the water cycle, the necessity of cloud observation and weather forecasting, especially as extreme weather events become increasingly more common, or contrail research and how contrails contribute to climate change.
  • Have students label the different types of clouds on Coloring Page A after they have colored it.
  • Students can routinely observe clouds and record data about the frequency of certain clouds in their area over time.
Scientist Notes

This resource is from the CLEAN collection. “The CLEAN collection is hand-picked and rigorously reviewed for scientific accuracy and classroom effectiveness.”

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • K-ESS2-1 Use and share observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.4.K-2 Explain how weather, climate, and other environmental characteristics affect people's lives in a place or region.
      • D2.Geo.5.K-2 Describe how human activities affect the cultural and environmental characteristics of places or regions.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.7 Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 2 topic or subject area.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.5 Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
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