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Lonely Clouds
In the Sky


  • Read the first two lines of William Wordsworth's poem I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud and search the sky for "lonely" clouds. (What makes a cloud "lonely"? What other "feeling" words might describe a cloud or clouds?)
  • Collect cloud words. Spend a day or week creating a word bank -- words describing the clouds in the sky. Encourage children to find words for the colors, shapes, and sizes of the clouds they see. Remind them that they can find words when they are not in school too. Perhaps they might contribute one word describing a cloud seen outside of school.
  • Cloud art. Provide cotton balls, white paint, and blue paper (light and dark) so children can make representations of clouds. Write descriptive cloud words on each piece of cloud art.
  • More cloud art. Use shaving cream on bare tabletops for group finger paintings of clouds. (These are as fleeting as clouds in the sky, and leave you with a clean tabletop and children with clean hands!)


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