GLOBE: Observing, Describing and Identifying Clouds

Students observe, sketch, and describe clouds on their own before learning to identify cloud types by comparing photos of different clouds to their sketches.

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The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

As an opportunity to integrate science process skills into the cloud observations, the instructor could ask students to record the weather and what the sky looked like during their cloud observations. Then ask students to look at several days worth of data and ask them what they notice, and what they wonder? Do they see any patterns or any relationship between the types of clouds and type of weather?

Pair observations with some of the activities in the Further Investigations section. For example, the [link 'Cloud Watch'] activity.