The Science, the sounds, the silliness of Clouds
LEARN cloud names!
PREDICT the weather!
HEAR amazing weather sound effects!
LAUGH with a guy whose head is in the clouds!
Charlie’s cloud program combines comedy, cartoon animations, science, theatrics and lots of noisy fun for a show that will inspire your students in natural science!
Charlie explains what first graders take away from this program:
“This show was commissioned by my Mother, who recently retired as a first grade teacher. She asked me to do something creative with the cloud unit, it was boring the kids. “The terms were hard to pronounce! We need a more tactile presentation. Not like they can take a field trip up there. ”
I give each cloud a personality so that kids can remember the names easily. Students will also understand why certain clouds behave a certain way and how water vapor forms a cloud. I also use my skills as an animator and voice-over artist to make the clouds come to life. This is part slide-show, part live action and fully funny.
Afterwards, students will be able to walk outside and identify the 3 main cloud types. (Cumulus, Cirrus and Stratus) They will understand what they do and what kind of weather they bring.
They will get to touch a cloud. (I bring in an ultrasonic vaporizer- nice cool steam!) They will learn how to create their own cloud. (Winter time is best for this!)
I even discuss air pressure, lightning generation and tell a true story about a pilot that survived falling through a thunderstorm.
Clouds have always been a passion of mine, ever since I saw a wave of Cirrocumulus from a distant hurricane sweep over my childhood home in Florida. I hope kids find clouds as exciting as I do!”
Three’s a cloud! – the three main cloud types
The loudest cloud! – a cartoon quiz show about which cloud turns into a monster!
How to predict the weather by identifying clouds
How does water turn into a cloud?
What is a contrail? Is Cirrus really a “fair-weather” cloud? Which cloud spawns tornadoes?
Special needs: Charlie uses a projector and a screen to play his cartoons.
He brings his own sound system, laptop, screen and projector. In most cases he can line into a classroom projector as well. Keep in mind it needs to be somewhat dark and also able to have lights again at random intervals.