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*Poem

Airplane Art©
By Kimberly M. Hutmacher

Zigging, zagging
Way up high
Painting pictures
In the sky!

Read the story "It Looked Like Spilt Milk ." Print the poem "Airplane Art" by Kimberly M. Hutmacher. After reading the poem have the children complete the illustration for the poem.

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*Art

Rain Clouds
Need: Shaving Cream (foam not gel),
Glue, Black paint, Paper plates or cardstock, Bowl

In the bowl mix the shaving cream and glue (use as much shaving cream as needed and add enough glue so that the mixture is kind of thick and holds shape). Then add the black paint - just enough to make the shaving cream/glue mixture gray.

Give each child a paper plate or cardstock and have them spread the mixture on it. When it drys you should have fluffy gray rain clouds, just as long as the children don't spread the mixture too thin.
*If you are doing this with younger children watch that they don't eat the shaving cream. Contributed by: Jamie

Airplane Messages
Need: blue construction paper, cotton balls

Draw an airplane at one end of the construction paper. Airplanes are easy to draw they are just 2 ovals that cross.

Have children write a message behind the airplane (horizontally). Large letters with space between the letters to leave room for the cotton balls. Then glue cotton balls over the letters to create a puffy cloud message.

Paint-Blot Clouds

Fold a sheet of blue construction paper, reopen, and lay flat. Squeeze a few dots of white tempera paint on one side of the fold. Have children close the paper on the fold and gently press. Open the paper to view your paint-blot cloud.

Blue Skies with Clouds

Give it child a piece of blue construction paper. Have children pull the cotton ball and glue it at the top of the construction paper to create cirrus clouds. Glue cotton balls in the middle of the paper to create cumulus clouds.

Cirrus: Thin, wispy, curly-shaped clouds that usually form above 18,000 feet.
Cumulus: Puffy clouds. Lumpy clouds that usually have flat bases. Most cumulus clouds form below 6,000 feet.

*Science

Make a Cloud
Need: hot water(not boiling), glass bottle, thin piece of cloth, rubber band, crushed ice.

Pour hot(not boiling) water into a glass bottle. When the bottle becomes hot, pour out all but one inch of water. Stretch a thin piece of cloth over the mouth of the bottle and fasten it with a rubber band. Place crushed ice on top of the cloth. Have children observe the cloud that forms as the warm air meets the cold.

Water Cycle from Mrs.Forsythe on Vimeo.

*Lesson Units

It Looked Like Spilt Milk
Language Arts and Art
Grades 1-2

*Things to Do

Storm cloud color page.

*Sites to See

Cloud Names

Man Who Named the Clouds

All About Clouds
Find out about different types of clouds.

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