Types Of Clouds


Students will be asked if they have ever laid down on the ground and looked up at the sky. Also, students will be asked to describe what the clouds looked like in the sky. Then I will go over all the different types of clouds and their specific name. Each student will be doing research on each type of cloud discussed and create a PowerPoint over the clouds.  Students will earn points based on content, originality, and sources.


Standard: 3.ESS2: Earth’s Systems

2) Associate major cloud types (cumulus, cumulonimbus, cirrus, stratus, nimbostratus) with weather conditions.

Lesson Objectives:

Students will be able to name each type of cloud.

Students will demonstrate creative thinking.

Using their textbook and Internet, student will find characteristics of each type of cloud.

Each student will complete a PowerPoint presentation individual based on the type of clouds discussed in class. Students will be putting their creative thoughts into the PowerPoint.

Question: What will I take away from researching about a type of cloud?

Students will learn which precipitation comes with each cloud or if no precipitation comes from it.


1. We review over all the different types of clouds: Cumulus, Cumulonimbus, Cirrus, Stratus, Nimbostratus clouds.

Cumulus Clouds are puffy clouds that sometimes look like a piece of floating cotton. The base of each cloud is flat. The top of the could has rounded towers.

Cumulonimbus Clouds are thunderstorm clouds that form if cumulus congestus clouds continue to grow vertically. Lightning, thunder, and even violent tornadoes are associated with the cumulonimbus clouds.

Cirrus Clouds are thin clouds that form at high altitudes.

Stratus Clouds are low-level layers with a uniform grey or white color. They are the lowest lying cloud type and sometimes appear at the surface in form of mist or fog.

Nimbostratus clouds are dark, low-level clouds with precipitation. It is accompanied by light to moderately falling precipitation.

2. Next, I will show every student a picture of each cloud and have them identify each.

3. Each student will be given a worksheet. The worksheet is on this slide.

5. I will go over the computer guidelines with the students.

6. Student will research each type of clouds and write down key points that make each one unique.

7. Students will then put all the information they gathered into a PowerPoint.

8. Students are to use their creative when putting together their PowerPoint.

9. Each Slide should have a picture attached to it.

Note: If students have any questions, they need to let me know. 


The WebQuest should take a total of 30-45 minutes.


Students, please use the rubric to the right of this slide when completing the PowerPoint. You may up to 12 points for the entire project based on the information listed.


  Good Luck!


Students will receive an exit ticket were students are to write down 3 things they learned, 2 things they want to know more about, and 1 question they still have. Students will be asked: What are clouds made out of? What do you think the word precipitation means?  Learning the five types of clouds and how the weather changes with each of them. The clouds are an important part of the Earth System. In conclusion, I hope all the information was beneficial and will be used for years to come!

Teacher Page

Central Focus: Students will categorize shapes and types of clouds and the weather associated with each.

Grade Level: 3rd Grade

Curriculum: Science

Keywords: Cumulus, Cumulonimbus, Cirrus, Stratus, Nimbostratus clouds

By: Mrs. Renee Chumney