Our first FIAR selection of the year, Storm in the Night, spawned a study of clouds, thanks to one of the science lessons presented in Five in a Row volume one and a few things I saw on Homeschool Share. By the time we finished our readings and activities, Lulu (and sometimes Louise, too) could converse freely about types of clouds and offer our opinion about whether a cloud is cumulus, stratus, or cirrus. As a family, we also discussed nimbus clouds and even dabbled a little bit in the more complex cloud types: nimbostratus (or is it stratonimbus?), cumulonimbus, altostratus, etc.
To introduce the idea of clouds and to expose my girls more to reading nonfiction (we have the fiction part down), I borrowed from the library a number of weather-related and cloud-related nonfiction selections. Most of them were series books, and really, most of them were just okay, nothing terribly inspiring. I will mention one here, though, just because I happen to really like the author. 🙂 Tomie DePaola’s The Cloud Book is a fun resource for cloud study because it contains more than just the rudimentary information on types of clouds, etc. It delves a little into the history and mythology associated with clouds, as well as weather forecasting based on clouds. Although it contains more details than my girls really need to know at their ages, Lulu will always remember that cirrus clouds look like “mare’s tails.” 😉 With DePaola’s trademark illustrations, this one is a great volume for a study of clouds.
Really, though, nothing beats just going out and looking up, right? We did a lot of that, too.