|Clouds - Not Just for Raining
Project URL: http://teachnet-lab.org/is24/rcottrell/clouds/clouds.htm
Purpose of the Project:
This is a two week CAP (Contract Activity Package) about Clouds. The
CAP is a Dunn & Dunn idea about how to use various modalities in
There are four learning objectives. Each objective has a choice of
four different activities that are paired according to modality (visual,
auditory, kinesthetic, or tactile). In its ideal form, only 1 pair
of activities is required; however I chose to have my students
complete two activities per objective (I felt it would help to rely on
more than one learning modality).
Standards Addressed by This Unit:
Standards addressed include the following:
inquiry and design;
2) demonstrate an
understanding of Earth and Earth systems;
3) use technology and tools
to observe and measure;
4) record and store data
using a variety of formats;
5) collect and analyze data;
6) acquire information from
Software Materials Used:
Sunburst All Together Weather
This CAP was designed for a regular mainstream class of below-average to
average students in the 8th grade.
The program is innovative in its various use of different learning styles.
It has contributed heavily to the students' understanding of the material
as many students find the topic of weather rather dull. It is an
excellent way of getting the students involved in learning using the
method that they learn with the best.
You may need to modify some of the materials based on the textbooks
available to you. Otherwise, the CAP should perform as well for you
as it did for my class. Good luck!
Raymond S. Cottrell teaches Earth Science at
I.S. 24, Myra S. Barnes in Staten Island, NY.
Estimated class periods to complete: 8
Beginning Grade Level: 8
Ending Grade Level: 12