Eyes skyward for some cloud spotting with Tim & Moby! Spotlight on Weather or Not.
Topics included in the Spotlight on Weather or Not:
- Autumn Leaves
- Water Cycle
We’ve come up with some weather-related activities you can try here with your pupils and, as it’s getting warmer, most of them involve getting outside! Fresh air = good for the Brain.
- bright chalk
- a sunny day (come on sunshine!)
What to do:
Make sure you have permission from an adult for this activity.
Working in pairs, head outside in the morning (it’s best to start at around 9am) and stand in a sunny spot where there are no shadows. Have your partner trace around your shadow on the ground with the coloured chalk.
1 hour later, return to exactly the same spot and have your partner trace around your shadow again. Repeat the activity, hourly, as the day progresses.
At the end of the day, see if you can answer these questions:
- What happens to your shadow outline?
- What happened to your shadow in the middle of the day?
- Does it look anything like Moby’s?
2. Cloud spotting with Tim & Moby (11-13 year olds)
This works better on a sunny/cloudy day (rain will not do!)
What to do:
Download our Cloud_Spotting_worksheet and pick a week, from Monday to Friday, to do the activity.
Look out of the window at any time of day for some cloud spotting. When you look out, see if you can spot any interesting shaped clouds.
Make a picture of what you see! Use coloured pencils or pens, paints, or even tissue paper and cotton wool.
See if you can name the types of cloud you spot and, after the week is up, try to answer these questions:
- What type of cloud did you spot the most? What does this say about how the temperature affects moisture in the air?
- Did you find the weather was too wet or too clear for clouds? What does this mean?
- Did you happen to see a cloud shaped like Moby? (If you answer yes, luck you!)
3. Capturing sky spirits (7-14 year olds)
Have you got a camera handy?
We’d love it if your students could take photos of interesting skies; fluffy sheep-like clouds, strange shaped clouds (there must be a Moby in the clouds somewhere!) or, how about some lovely snaps of birds flying?
Maybe you’re a dab hand at nature photography? Now is the time to show off your skills!
Email your best sky spirits photos to email@example.com with “capturing sky spirits” in the subject line.
If we get enough submissions, we promise to do something fun with them!
4. Google weather snapshot! (11-14 year olds)
We’d love it if BrainPOPpers could help us create a weather snapshot. We’ll be doing this one too.
Wherever you are in the country on 23rd April at 11am, make a note of what the weather’s up to by answering these questions:
- What direction is the wind blowing?
- If you have a thermometer, what’s the temperature?
- Is it sunny, rainy or cloudy?
E.g. Today in Summertown, Oxford the wind is blowing south-easterly (blowing from the south east). It is about 9 degrees celcius and cloudy.
Email your first name, location* and answers to firstname.lastname@example.org with “weather snapshot” in the subject line.