Different Types of Clouds Ms. Felicia Fratto Fifth Grade Science
Objectives • Students will understand how clouds form. • Students will be able to identify the three basic cloud types. • Students will understand the prefixes and suffixes used with cloud vocabulary. South Carolina Standards: Science: 4-4.2 English and Language Arts: 3-3.2, 4-3.1, 4-3.4, 5-3.2
What is a Weather Front? • Clouds can form when warm air meets cold air. • A cold front is when cold air pushes up under the warm air. • Warm air may slide over cold air resulting in a warm front.
Latin Words and Meanings • Nimbus Stratus Spread out Rainstorm Cumulus Heap Cirro Wispy
Stratus Cloud • Low clouds • Often cover the whole sky • Higher than fog • Sometimes a drizzle may fall
Nimbostratus Cloud • Low like a Stratus Cloud • Dark gray and “wet” looking • Light precipitation often occurs
Cumulus Cloud • Vertical Development Grow Upwards • Puffy • Have a small flat base that can be close to the ground.
Cumulonimbus Cloud • Cumulus Clouds that continue to grow vertically. • Contain a lot of energy inside • Can produce: • Lightning • Thunder • Tornados
Cirrus Cloud • High clouds • Thin • Wispy • Long Streams Cirrus Cirrocumulus Cirrostratus
Cloud Matching Games! • http://eo.ucar.edu/webweather/cloudmatch.html http://eo.ucar.edu/webweather/concentration/concen2.html
Review Cirrus • _________ is a cloud that is high in the sky. • In comparison, a __________ cloud is usually very low in the sky. • Sometimes a puffy, __________ cloud can turn into a thunderstorm cloud called, ____________. • This cloud ____________, is known for sitting low in the sky and producing some moisture. • A warm front is shown with ______ symbols, as a cold front is shown with _______. Stratus Cumulus Cumulonimbus Nimbostratus Red Blue