From Cloud to Storm
What causes an isolated storm?
Students start with an investigation of short-lived, isolated storms, learning how they typically occur in the afternoon, the relationship between isolated storms and air temperature, and what determines whether growing clouds will cause precipitation.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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
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)
Lesson 2 Optional GLOBE Activities and Resources
- GLOBE Cloud Identification Chart
- GLOBE Atmosphere Protocol
- GLOBE Observer app
- GLOBE Cloud Protocol
- UCAR Field Guide to Clouds app
How does temperature relate 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 (2 minutes)
AIR ON THE MOVE
How does air move and change when a storm is forming?
Links used in Lesson 5
- Warming a Mylar Balloon Demonstration (1.5 minutes)
MAKING A THUNDERSTORM
Can we identify the best conditions for storms?