Paul Mueller and Randi Frehner
Length of Lesson: 4 separate parts of 30 minutes each. Total of 3 hours.
Grade Level: 4th grade
Short Description/Summary: I’ll discuss cloud types with my students and have them look at visuals, go to websites, and take them outside to identify different clouds that are in the sky.
Connection to standards:
Utah K-12 Core Curriculum
Observe, measure, and record the basic elements of weather.
a. Identify basic cloud types (i.e., cumulus, cirrus, stratus clouds).
1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments. Teachers:
- promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students’ conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes.
Students will be able to identify the cumulus, cirrus, and stratus clouds through their appearance, height, and weather associated with the cloud. Students will become familiar with a concept map to complete this activity and fill in all the information correctly.
We will discuss the cloud types both before, after, and during the activity. This will give me a general sense of what the students know beforehand, what they’ve learned, and their processes of learning.
The assignment will give me more concrete information of what the students have learned and what they have mistaken. I’ll be flexible with my grading, as some students may use different adjectives to describe the clouds, or be a little less specific, but get the general idea (although I’ll encourage specifics: ex. Above 20,000 feet).
Technology Resources Required:
Making a concept map, using visual on the computer, and having the students look at websites on the computer.
Background for teachers:
This is the Concept Map assignment:
Go to the websites and make sure you know the cloud types. Be able to guide the students on the websites, discuss the cloud types before hand, during, and after, and try to have this lesson on a day with clouds in the sky (preferably a few different kinds, but it’s fine if there’s only one).