The Reading / Listening - Clouds - Level 4

The International Cloud Atlas has named 12 'new' types of clouds. They become the first new clouds since 1987. The atlas started in 1896. It is the standard and most authoritative reference tool on clouds. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) publishes it and decides if there is a new cloud. The WMO said you don't need to be an expert on clouds to find a new one. You just need to take a photo and send it to the WMO.



The cloud creating the biggest buzz online is named asperitas. It looks like big waves at sea. Another is the volutus. This a tube-shaped cloud that looks like it is rolling. The WMO said naming the clouds was important, saying: "By learning the name of the formations…we pay attention to and value what we see around us." It added that naming the clouds helped people to, "value our atmosphere and to pay attention to our impact on it".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Clouds - Level 5 or  Clouds - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39351843
  • https://weather.com/news/weather/news/new-cloud-species-world-meteorological-organization-cloud-atlas
  • http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-03-23/asperitas-burnie-mans-cloud-dreams-come-true/8379362


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. named 12 'new'
  2. the first new clouds
  3. The atlas
  4. the standard and most
  5. reference
  6. decides if there
  7. you don't need to be
  8. take a photo and
  1. tool
  2. types of clouds
  3. send it to the WMO
  4. since 1987
  5. an expert
  6. authoritative
  7. started in 1896
  8. is a new cloud

Paragraph 2

  1. The cloud creating the biggest buzz
  2. It looks like big waves
  3. a tube-
  4. looks like it
  5. naming the clouds was
  6. pay
  7. helped people to value
  8. our impact
  1. shaped cloud
  2. our atmosphere
  3. is rolling
  4. attention to
  5. online
  6. on it
  7. at sea
  8. important

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The International Cloud Atlas has named (1) ___________________ clouds. They become the first new clouds since 1987. The (2) ___________________ 1896. It is the (3) ___________________ most authoritative reference tool on clouds. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) (4) ___________________ decides if there is a new cloud. The WMO said you don't need (5) ___________________ on clouds to find a new one. You just need to take a photo (6) ___________________ the WMO.

The cloud creating the biggest (7) ___________________ named asperitas. It looks like big (8) ___________________. Another is the volutus. This a tube-shaped cloud that looks (9) ___________________. The WMO said naming the clouds (10) ___________________, saying: "By learning the name of the formations…we pay attention to and value what (11) ___________________." It added that naming the clouds helped people to, "value our atmosphere and to (12) ___________________ our impact on it".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheInternationalCloudAtlashasnamed12'new'typesofclouds.Theyb
ecomethefirstnewcloudssince1987.Theatlasstartedin1896.Itisthest
andardandmostauthoritativereferencetoolonclouds.TheWorldMete
orologicalOrganization(WMO)publishesitanddecidesifthereisanewcl
oud.TheWMOsaidyoudon'tneedtobeanexpertoncloudstofindanewon
e.YoujustneedtotakeaphotoandsendittotheWMO.Thecloudcreatingt
hebiggestbuzzonlineisnamedasperitas.Itlookslikebigwavesatsea.A
notheristhevolutus.Thisatube-shapedcloudthatlookslikeitisrolling.
TheWMOsaidnamingthecloudswasimportant,saying:"Bylearningthe
nameoftheformations…wepayattentiontoandvaluewhatweseearoun
dus."Itaddedthatnamingthecloudshelpedpeopleto,"valueouratmos
phereandtopayattentiontoourimpactonit".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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