This resource has been inspired by Bureau of Meteorology research on board RV Investigator. This lesson is designed to help students investigate the energy changes that lead to storm cloud formation and includes student activities and teacher demonstrations centred around heat, temperature, convection processes leading to a better understanding of cloud formation and the occurrence of storms.
David Dieckfoss, Southern Christian College, Tasmania
|Nature of the inquiry problem||
What are the processes that help form storm clouds?
|Suitable year levels and subject areas||
Australian Curriculum (ACARA)
Year 9 Science
Science as a Human Endeavour
Science Inquiry Skills
Students will learn to identify some of the factors that influence the formation of clouds: temperature, pressure, and convection. They will learn that heat is transferred via different mediums, and that convection processes move water molecules up into the atmosphere where lower air pressures and temperatures influence cloud formation.
|Student Learning Outcomes*||
Students will understand the combination of processes that lead to the formation of storm clouds.
Student activity and teacher demonstration.
Activity 1 - Student Activity “What is temperature?”
Activity 2 - Teacher Demonstration “Boiling water without adding extra heat”
Activity 3 – Student Activity “Swirly colours by convection”
Activity 4 – Teacher Demonstration “Cloud in a jar”
Activity 5 – Student Activity “Storm Chasing Science”
Activity 6 – Student Activity “Putting it all together”
|Information and communications technology (ICT)||
Access to devices to enable research on the internet. Further information about RV Investigator research is available from https://mnf.csiro.au/en/RV-Investigator.
Storm Chasers: How heat and convection help to form storm clouds (created by David Dieckfoss) (2020) Copyright owned by Department of Education, Tasmania. Except as otherwise noted, this work is licenced under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. To view a copy of this licence, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/