Mini Lesson/Activity

Cloud Sort Activity


Learn about the different cloud types and their names. Match cloud photos and names by cloud type and for all types. Evaluate the types of clouds represented in various data displays.

Student Directions

Explore the classification and naming of clouds based on word roots and prefixes.  Practice sorting and naming clouds in the following ways:

  • Based on altitude
  • Based on type
  • Multiple cloud types in a sky scene

Review mapped data to determine the types of clouds that could be represented in the images.


  1. Open the Cloud Sort Activity slide deck.
  2. Use the slides in "edit" mode so you can move items on the screen.
  3. Read the content and follow the directions to match pictures and names by dragging and dropping.
  4. Submit results as directed by your instructor. 

Teacher Note

Teachers, these mini lessons/student activities are perfect "warm up" tasks that can be used as a hook, bellringer, exit slip, etc.

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