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Science, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Videos, 1 minute, 32 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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YouTube Video

NASA's Earth Minute: Cloudy Forecast

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  • An engaging, concise video which allows students to understand the importance and complexity of clouds to our planet's climate.
Teaching Tips


  • This video is short and easy to understand.
  • This video also highlights how something seemingly simple (clouds) can be more complex when examined in a different context (climate change).

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should have a basic understanding of clouds and weather.


  • Science classes could use this video to talk about climate change when learning about different cloud types.
  • Other resources related to this topic are this video What Is a Cloud, and this video How to be a Cloud Detective.
Scientist Notes
This resource accurately explains how important and complicated clouds are to the climate of the planet. It does an excellent job of explaining why clouds are so complicated and why they are so important to climate science and understanding climate change. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS2: Earth’s Systems
      • MS-ESS2-4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
      • HS-ESS2-4 Use a model to describe how variations in the flow of energy into and out of Earth’s systems result in changes in climate.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6-8.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
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