Well today it was raining in our classroom. Well not really, but we had lots of fun with our cloud experiment.
First we watched “Where does rain come from?” on the ABC Splash website.
The sun heats the water in our rivers, lakes and oceans, turning some of it into steam, like the steam made by boiling water. This steam goes up into the sky, where it turns into clouds. As more and more steam goes up the clouds get heavier and turn grey. When the clouds get too heavy to stay in the sky, they break up and fall back to the land as rain, hail or snow. This happens over and over again, so it’s called the water cycle.
Next came our fun!
We needed to:
Fill a cup with water.
Put shaving cream on top for a cloud.
Explain that when clouds get really heavy with water, it rains!
Then put food coloring on top of the cloud, and watch it rain.