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Head in the Clouds

In this activity, learners create a CloudSpotter wheel and record the different types of clouds they observe twice daily over several days. Use this activity to teach learners how to identify different types of clouds as well as improve their observation skills. If possible, plan this lesson within four days of an upcoming cold front. This will help maximize the variety of clouds the learners will observe. This resource also includes tips about foggy weather safety.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 7 days

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan



  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
  • Physical Sciences
    • States of Matter
      • Changes of Phase
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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