Movement

Cloud Watcher

  • Time Length
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    < 1 hour

  • Mess Level
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    A Little Messy

  • Cost

    Materials or Fees

  • Difficulty
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    easy

Question and Wonder:

  • Where do clouds come from?
  • How do they move?
  • How can you track the movement of the clouds across the sky?
  • What shapes can you see in the clouds?
  • How do the shapes change as they clouds move?
  • Can you predict what direction the clouds will move? How?

Design a way to track cloud movement. Maybe make marks on the ground with chalk or create a journal and write down your observations or take pictures of the sky at different times of the day….

Imagine and Design:

  • What will be the best system to track the movement of the clouds?
  • What method of recording their movement will you use? Why did you choose that?
  • What will help you predict how and where the clouds will move?
  • How can you record the shapes you see and how they change over time?

Test and Discuss:

  • Discuss your observations with family and friends. What do they tell you?
  • How accurate were your predictions of the clouds’ movements?
  • Do you notice any connections between cloud types and weather?
  • What type do you seen when it’s raining?
  • What type does the sun shine through?
  • What type blocks the sun and makes shadows on the ground?

Did you Know?

Most clouds can be described as feathery and thin (cirrus), fluffy (cumulus), layered (stratus), or big and gray (cumulonimbus). What cloud types do you see? (Use the scientific names or create your own!)

According to NASA, clouds affect the overall temperature and energy balance of the Earth. The more we know about clouds, the more we will know about our Earth as a system!

Learn more about and view different cloud types at https://scool.larc.nasa.gov/cldchart.html.

Become a NASA rover (roaming cloud scientist) by sharing your cloud observations at https://scool.larc.nasa.gov/rover.html.

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