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Lesson 1.1

Lenticularis clouds over Columbia River Gorge, Washington, US, spotted but William Ayer (Member 46,425).

Lesson 1.1


Step one in learning about clouds is to start noticing them. This lesson is all about becoming aware of the beauty of the sky. It is a place where science and art meet. Sometimes, we are so occupied with what is happening down here on the ground that we forget even to look up. If you remember to pay attention to what is happening in the sky each day you will start to notice how varied and ever-changing the clouds are. The sky is a part of nature that is always there for us to see no matter where we live, so let’s start getting to know it!

Lesson Objective: Through the use of observation, creativity, and art, students will learn to start to pay attention to the sky. It is a part of nature that too many people miss. They’ll learn that you can think of clouds in terms of three basic groups. They will consider how the sky affects our moods and how clouds change much like feelings do. A mindfulness strategy will help students to be aware of observation and begin to look inward to build emotional resilience.

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