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Teacher: Tiffiny Smart

Subject/Grade: Sixth Grade Science

Title: Earth and Space Systems: Weather
Time needed: 75-90 minutes (1 - 1 hours or two class periods)

Objectives and Goals

o Students will be able to identify Cumulus, Cirrus, Stratus and Nimbus clouds
o Students will be able to understand and identify the different aspects of the water cycle
o Students will be able to identify the Lithosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere and
Atmosphere as it applies to the water cycle.
Goal 4.1: Understand Scientific Theories of Origin and Subsequent Changes in the Universe and
Earth Systems
o 6.S.4.1.1 Explain the interactions among the solid Earth, Oceans, Atmosphere and
o 6.S.4.1.2 Explain the Water cycle and its relationship to weather and climate
o 6.S.4.1.3 Identify Cumulus, Cirrus, and stratus clouds and how they relate to weather
Lesson: Go through the power point (60-70 minutes: two class periods)
o (2-5 minutes) Power Point slide 3: Introduce the students to Ecology (Study of
relationship between living organisms and their environment)
o (5 minutes) Power Point slide 3: teach students about the Lithosphere, Hydrosphere,
Biosphere and Atmosphere.
o (10 minutes) Power Point slide 4: Teach students the water cycle: evaporation,
condensation, precipitation and collection.
o (5-10 minutes) Power Point slide 5: Teach students Cirro-Form and Cumulo-Form clouds
o (5-10 minutes) Power Point slides 6: Teach students Stratus-Form and Nimbo-form
o (10-15 minutes) PowerPoint slide 7: Review the Ecology, water cycle and clouds.
o (15 minutes) Go outside. Students are to observe what clouds are visible (if any), and are
to fill out the cloud worksheet.
o (2-5 minutes) PowerPoint slide 8: Go over the project/assignment. Give students
instructions and examples of good and bad projects.
o (10-15 minutes) Give students the rest of the class to start their project. What students
dont finish in class, they can take home for homework.
Assessment: Check For Understanding
o (15-20 minutes) Give class a short quiz going over the Lithosphere, Hydrosphere,
Biosphere and Atmosphere. Along with the water cycle and cloud types.

o I will also assess students individually by having them turn in a poster showing they
understand what was taught: ecology: different spheres, water cycle, clouds.
Activities and Handouts
o Cloud activity: Students will go outside and identify the different cloud types they
observe in the sky. Then students will fill out what each type of cloud represents (what
weather is coming based on the clouds).
o Project: Students will create a poster showing the lithosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere,
atmosphere, water cycle, and the 4 different cloud types: Cirrus, Cumulus, Stratus, and
o PowerPoint: teach the information to the students before they begin the activities
o At end of powerpoint, there is a list of references students may use for more information
Materials Needed

Computer with PowerPoint capability

Cloud hand outs
Cotton balls
Colored pencils
Construction paper
Glue (Elmers Liquid glue)

Guenther Leanne. Kidzone Science The Water Cycle. DLTKs Inc: 2015. Web.
Idaho State Department of Education. Cumulative Document Grade 6-7 Standard 4: Earth and
Space Systems. www.sd.idaho.gov/site/content_standards/science_standards.htm
NWS Albuquerque, NM. Weather 101: A Tutorial on Cloud Types. YouTube videos. Oct. 27,
2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMagDRCpJ14
Rob Nelson Films. The Three Main Clouds-Cirrus, Stratus, Cumulus. YouTube videos. Apr. 27,
2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32uFVssBs6E
Rosenberg Matt. Physical Geography The Four Spheres of the Earth: Atmosphere, Biosphere,
Hydrosphere, Lithosphere. About.com: 2015. Web.