My three kids have been lucky enough to have the same kindergarten teacher and the same 5th grade teacher — bookends to their elementary school lives. Every year in 5th grade, the grade does a big science unit on the weather which includes cloud formations. And, every year, the kids make cloud posters.
Day 1: Painting the background
Day 2: Creating the Clouds
I dread class science projects but I have to say that this one was painless. My son just needed one trip to the drug store for cotton balls, a glue stick, and poster board. He decided not to use blue poster board and used watercolors to paint the background. Actually, he hated using my watercolor set (Windsor and Newton Artists Watercolors in tubes) and asked for poster paint, but I just made him use the paint I had on hand.
Day 3: Painting the Clouds
I wasn’t sure if watercolor paint would work on cotton balls, but it seems to be fine. My son used a Cloud Diagram via WeatherWizKids to get the information he needed.
These cloud charts are from Pixdaus.
He needed to include:
- the height the clouds are found
- at least three main types of clouds
- what type of weather is associated with each type of cloud
- clouds need to be neatly labeled
- neatness counts; he’s also graded on attractiveness of poster and correct spelling and capitalization
Day 5: Making and attaching the labels
Cloud Identification: photos and descriptions of clouds in Canada
Ever wonder how clouds got their names? This video will shed some light.
My son was very proud that he got 20/20 for his cloud poster! I was just happy that I didn’t have to do anything besides the drug store shopping trip! And, as it turns out, you don’t need two bags of cotton balls. I think he only used about 15.