Cloud Experiment

This week we learned about types of weather: sunny, cloudy, windy, and snowy.

One day, we did an experiment with shaving cream, water, and blue food coloring. I asked the students what they thought clouds were made out of. The students weren’t quite sure how to answer that, but they were all certain that clouds are soft, fluffy, and probably feel like cotton balls.

We talked about what happens when it rains. The rain stays inside the clouds until it gets too heavy and falls to the ground. We did a cloudy, rain experiment.

I filled up a dish with water and poured shaving cream on top of the water. I told the kids that the shaving cream was like clouds and the water was the sky below the clouds and ground. I filled up a separate dish with water that I colored blue. This made it easier to see what would happen to the blue water when we dropped it on the clouds.

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Each student took a turn pouring the blue water over the clouds. We watched as the clouds remained in tact on the top and the blue water fell down to the ground. This was a cool experiment.

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When we were finished, we played a math game that taught us how to count. We rolled the die and the students counted that many cotton balls and put them on the sky mat.

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This game was so fun for the students. They loved arranging the clouds in the sky and they loved pretending that the cotton balls were clouds. This is a great game for me to observe each child’s skills in identifying a numeral, counting, and 1-1 correspondence.

  1. Can the child identify the number they rolled on the die?
  2. Can that child count to the number they rolled?
  3. Did they count out the right amount of cotton balls?
  4. Can they count the cotton balls while they are on the sky mat using 1-1 correspondence?

I would recommend this game to those who are looking for a quick, fun way to observe whether or not a student can do those three things I mentioned above: identifying a numeral (1-6), counting (up to 6), and 1-1 correspondence.

** I receive curriculum from Mother Goose Time for honest and authentic stories resulting from my daily experiences using the curriculum. This is my 3rd year using Mother Goose Time, and I am pleased to promote quality educational learning experiences through play with Mother Goose Time!

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