Nature-Based Resource: Clouds

Clouds Connect Us to Place, Science, and Wonder

Connecting easily to language skills, literacy, sense of place, and, of course, all manner of science, clouds offer themselves as rich and vaporous objects of study. Cloud watchers of all ages can learn about everything from descriptive language and cloud types to global weather patterns and satellite imaging just by paying close attention to the sky. Through citizen science projects, fiction and nonfiction literature, and web-based resources, families with scientists of any age can use cloud studies as an entry point for examining a variety of topics and practicing a multitude of skills. Read more in our post, Clouds Connect Learners to the Local Environment & Nature Studies.

Have you ever wondered how clouds got their names or how they are classified? “The study of clouds has always been a daydreamer’s science, aptly founded by a thoughtful young man whose favorite activity was staring out of the window at the sky. Richard Hamblyn tells the history of Luke Howard, the man who classified the clouds and forever changed humanity’s understanding of these changeable, mysterious objects. ” – TED-Ed

View full lesson: How did clouds get their names? – Richard Hamblyn.

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