Watch the video on Oak Academy first then complete the practical task of making a rain gauge. This is also shown on the printed sheet if you do not have internet access.
Take your child outside and ask them to watch the clouds in the sky.
What do you notice about the clouds? How do they move? Can you see any colours? Do you see any shapes in the clouds? Do all clouds look the same?
(Chn should notice that clouds look different from one another, and perhaps note that some clouds resemble familiar objects such as cars or animals.)
Imagine reaching up high into the sky and touching a cloud. What would it feel like? What do you think they are made from? What do you think clouds are made from? (Clouds are made from tiny droplets of water.)
Why do you think it rains? Is it important to know how much rain falls? Why? (One answer could be that farmers need to know how much rain has fallen, so they know what to plant and when to plant it; another is that people who live near rivers may be affected as rivers can flood.) How could you find out how much rain has fallen? You can measure the rain using a rain gauge.
Explain that a rain gauge (rhymes with cage) is a funnel with measurements on the side. Why does it have measurements? (To show exactly how much rain has fallen.)
Worksheet Task – Label the continents on a world map (use any atlas available)
Examine the key – what do you think the colours mean?
Which continents have the most rain? Which have the least?
What could that mean about their climates?