Why Are Clouds White?

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Is it possible to change the color of clouds? A three-part activity explores the scattering of light by the water droplets that make up clouds. After observing a demonstration, curious scholars conduct their own investigations of the phenomenon.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the experiments as inquiry lessons and have the class create their own explanations of cloud color
  • Have pupils search for pictures of clouds that appear to be pink, gold, or purple, and then discuss what is happening
Classroom Considerations

  • Boil the water for the ice cubes for activity two so the cubes are very clear
  • Create groups of two or three for the experiments

  • Instructions are clear and very detailed—and offers lots of helpful tips
  • The resource is a creative way to approach teaching about visible light and scattering

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Common Core