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Cloud Fun

Learners complete a series of hands-on and investigative activities to explore cumulus clouds. Learners observe cumulus clouds outside, read a book about how cumulus clouds differ from other clouds, and create a list of words that describe cumulus clouds. Then, learners create their own cumulus cloud out of white paper and complete the Cloud Fun Student Activity sheet that includes a description of the cloud and what the weather was like on the day the cloud was observed. Learners will use their five senses to describe their clouds. Clouds can be displayed in the classroom or assembled into a class book. This lesson guide includes brief background information about cumulus clouds, adaptations for younger and older learners, and extension ideas.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

English, French, German

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Touch
      • Taste
      • Smell
      • Vision
      • Hearing
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • About Inquiry
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Formulating Explanations

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Literature
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • hear
  • be mobile
  • smell
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Foreign language versions of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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