Smoke on the Water

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How do clouds form? Learners demonstrate the formation of clouds and the water cycle by testing four different setups in a plastic bottle. They identify the key components of a cloud to help them understand the process of cloud formation. Then, pupils explore the effects of hot and cold air on evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have materials for each of the four setups at stations and have scholars rotate through lab stations
  • Tell pupils to create a demonstration video of the setup and observations as an assessment
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires some materials not typically found in the classroom
  • Offers opportunity for rich discussion
  • Includes option for extension activity
  • None
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