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Look closely at the sky using your cloud catcher's viewing window. Do you see any clouds that look like objects? Ask a friend if they see what you see . Then identify the type of cloud it is. 

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Cloud Catchers

Cloud Catchers'  Viewing


Students will be able to:

Paint their viewing window (matte board,) all blue with tempera

Turn the board to be 7 X 5 inches  so the matte is horizontal position also known as landscape.

Using images of the clouds students paint them onto their matte board

When it dries, they can label the images with a sharpie.

Last glue on a popsicle stick for a handel.


The idea for this lesson came from  Nature Watch where you can buy already made window viewers.

National Weather Service

 Clouds are classified according to their height above and appearance (texture) from the ground. 

 The following cloud roots and translations summarize the components of this classification system: 

 1) Cirro-: curl of hair, high.             3) Strato-: layer.                                   5) Cumulo-: heap.

 2) Alto-: mid.                                      4) Nimbo-: rain, precipitation.       

The key text for this unit is "A Drop of Water." Students will paint images of the different types of clouds on pre-cut matte board that is used in 5X 7In pictures. I collect mine from thrift stores, garage sales, and ask the kids to hunt for them too.

About This Book

Interest Level

Grades PreK - 3

Reading Level

Grade level Equivalent: 5.5

Lexile® Measure:870L

DRA: 40

Guided Reading: S


  • Science Experiments and Projects
  • Water Cycle
  • Atoms and Molecules
  • States of Matter

The most spectacular photographs ever created on the subject of water appear in this unique science book by Walter Wick. The camera stops the action and magnifies it so that all the amazing states of water can be observed — water as ice, rainbow, steam, frost, and dew. Readers can examine a drop of water as it falls from a faucet, see a drop of water as it splashes on a hard surface, count the points of an actual snowflake, and contemplate how drops of water form clouds.

Evaporation, condensation, capillary action, and surface tension are explained through simple text and illustrated by pictures that reveal water in its many awesome transformations. The last pages of the book feature experiments that welcome the reader into the world of scientific investigation.

In A Drop of Water, Walter Wick embraces two disciplines, art and science, and stimulates the reader as aesthetic and scientific observer.

Praise for A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder

"A fine, eye-catching introduction to a well-focused topic." — Booklist

About the Authors or Illustrators

Walter Wick's biography
Walter Wick's photographic tricks have captivated fans of his books, including the I Spy series.http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/drop-water#cart/cleanup

Use the above poem as a 2 voice poem. Copy it for each child and let them paint their landscape inspired by the poem.

“Who Has Seen the Wind?” by Christina G. Rossetti (1893)

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.


Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.



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