During the mat session we filled in a chart about clouds. We listed dot points under the following headings: Clouds can, Clouds have and Clouds are. We discussed what clouds were made of and one child suggested sheep’s wool. Another child laughed out loud. I asked him why he was laughing and he said,”Because wool is on sheep, not in the air.” We did a little experiment then and there. We got a tissue, scrunched it up and pretended it was sheep’s wool. I told the children I was going to let go and see if it stayed in the air like a cloud. It didn’t. Then I asked them to think about if sheep’s wool would stay in the air. We decided it wouldn’t and therefore clouds must be made of something lighter.
After our discussion on the mat we went out to the school oval and had a look at the clouds. One girl in particular was really excited. She was yelling, “Hey, Mrs Jubb! I can see this one and this one!” We talked to the children about the clouds we found. For example, “That big fluffy cloud is a cumulus” and “Oh, see those long thin clouds low down near the hill. They’re stratocumulus.”
Later in the day we read the book It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw. We talked about the different shapes we can see in the clouds. Some had seen dinosaurs, others had seen puppies and others had seen monsters.
We mixed some shaving cream with some PVA glue and used that to make our own clouds into the shape of something.
Here’s a couple of samples of what we came up with.