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Observe: A Weather Watch Activity

In this fun learning activity, students go cloud-gazing to build basic science inquiry skills.


3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Computer Lab Activities

The Observe activity, part of Scholastic’s Weather Watch series, employs visual observation to help students build basic science inquiry skills — how to observe a subject and record data. This three-step activity includes:

  • Step 1: Learn the Facts An introduction to the four types of clouds provides key background knowledge, so students know what to look for.

  • Step 2: Observe and Record Now, students watch the clouds and write down what they notice (using Scholastic’s printable form), including if the clouds are dropping rain.

  • Step 3: Take the Quiz Students show off what they’ve learned with this five-question, multiple-choice cloud challenge.

Learning Objectives

While participating in Weather Watch’s Observe activity, students will:

  • Formulate questions to help guide their own learning
  • Gain knowledge of weather terms and their appropriate usage
  • Use observation skills to determine current weather conditions

Susan Cheyney

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