Learning Sequence 1
From Cloud to Storm
What causes an isolated storm?
- Teacher Guide
- Designed to guide you through each section of the curriculum by providing step-by-step instructions for lessons, sample videos of activities, background science content, and NGSS connections.
- All Student Activity Sheets for Lessons 2-6
- Each lesson has activity sheets that you can download separately (see below), or you can download all of the activity sheets used in a learning sequence using the link above.
- Digital Student Activity Sheets for Lessons 2-6
- Designed to be used with online learning management systems, like Google Classroom. Check out the Digital Worksheet Guide for more instructions on how to use these worksheets. Make sure to log into your Google account before copying any of the sheets to your drive.
- Powerpoint slides have been developed for each section of the curriculum to help organize and guide your students through lessons and activities.
- Summative Assessments
- Each learning sequence includes a corresponding summative assessment with answer keys; these assessments allow you to make sense of student learning, identify productive thinking, and identify incomplete or inaccurate ideas.
- Digital Summative Assessments
- As with the Digital Student Activity Sheets, these assements are designed to be used with online learning management systems, like Google Classroom. Check out the Digital Worksheet Guide for more instructions on how to use these tools. Make sure to log into your Google account before copying any of the sheets to your drive. Make a direct copy here: Learning Sequence 1 Worksheet.
- GLOBE Connections
- For each learning sequence, we have developed GLOBE Connections that include ideas for student research and environmental explorations that utilize GLOBE protocols, the GLOBE Visualization Tool, and connect with GLOBE schools from around the world.
- GLOBE Weather Bundle Protocol
- GLOBE Water Cycle Bundle
Additional background information
- The Water Cycle
- Change in the Atmosphere with Altitude
- Virtual Ballooning to Explore the Atmosphere
- The Troposphere - overview
- GLOBE Surface Temperature Protocol
- The Energy Budget
- How Thunderstorms Form
- Science Talk Video: From Cloud to Storm
- This video was created for teacher background information and workshop purposes (not as a visual tool for your students).
WATCHING THE SKY
What causes storms to form?
Links used in Lesson 2
- Sunny Day Weather Timelapse: Lyons, Colorado, April 6, 2017 (2 minutes)
- Stormy Day Weather Timelapse: Lyons, Colorado, July 4, 2017 (2 minutes)
- Optional alternative or additional timelapse video of an isolated storm from Greg Goodson with WhatsThisCloud (38 seconds); note that this video is not listed in the original curriculum
Lesson 2 Optional GLOBE Activities and Resources
- GLOBE Cloud Identification Chart:
- GLOBE Atmosphere Protocol
- GLOBE Observer app
- GLOBE Cloud Protocol
- GLOBE Cloud Data Sheet
- UCAR Field Guide to Clouds app
How does temperature relate to cloud formation?
Links used in Lesson 3
Lesson 3 Optional GLOBE Activities and Resources
FUEL FOR STORMS
What is different about a warm, sunny day and a warm, stormy day?
Links used in Lesson 4
- Bottle Model time-lapse video (3.5 minutes)
AIR ON THE MOVE
How does air move and change when a storm is forming?
Lesson 5 Student Activity Sheets
Copy Lesson 5 Digital Student Activity Sheet to your Google Drive
Copy Lesson 5 Drawing 1 for Digital Student Activity Sheet to your Google Drive
Copy Lesson 5 Drawing 2 for Digital Student Activity Sheet to your Google Drive
Links used in Lesson 5
- Warming a Mylar Balloon Demonstration (1.5 minutes)
Additional Teacher Resources for Lesson 5
MAKING A THUNDERSTORM
Can we identify the best conditions for storms?