Wild Wonders Weather Watch: Cloud Window


Before You Explore:

Are all clouds the same? Can you spot different types of clouds at the same time?

Connect with Nature:

  • You will build a cloud viewer! First, glue or tape your four strips of to form a frame like the shape above, with a big open space in the middle to look through.
  • Glue or tape your craft stick to the bottom to hold your Cloud Viewer.
  • Cut out the colored cloud pictures, and glue them to one side of the frame in the same order as they were on the original sheet. Start with the largest image first. The pictures should be in the same places as the cloud-type descriptions are arranged on the piece of white paper.
  • Then flip over the frame, and glue down the cloud type descriptions, keeping them in the same order they were in on the original sheet.
  • Take your viewer outside and look through it. Can you match the clouds in the sky with one of the images on your frame? What are those clouds called? Flip the viewer over to learn their name and what the clouds tell you about what kind of weather is coming!

Dive Deeper!

All cloud names are made up of five Latin word roots that describe the cloud:

The HEIGHT of a cloud:

Cirro: wispy, way up high. Alto: medium height

The SHAPE of a cloud:

Cumulo: puffy, fluffy. Strato: layers

If it will cause PRECIPITATION:

Nimbo: stormcloud

All clouds are named using a combination of those five word-roots.  If it’s a really high cloud of layers… that’s cirrostratus.  And if it’s a medium high fluffy cloud… that’s altocumulus. Go outside and look in the sky– Can you name the clouds you see using these five word-roots?