The Reading / Listening - Clouds - Level 5

The International Cloud Atlas has named 'new' types of clouds and cloud formations for the first time since 1987. Meteorologists and cloud lovers have 12 new names to play with. The atlas started in 1896. It is believed to be the standard and most authoritative reference tool on clouds. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) publishes it and decides whether or not to include new clouds. The WMO said you don't need to be an expert to find a new cloud. It said anyone can take a photo and send it to the WMO, and that could one day become a new cloud.



The cloud creating the biggest buzz online is named asperitas, meaning 'rough-like' in Latin. It looks like big waves at sea when looked at from below. Another is the volutus. This a tube-shaped cloud mass that looks like it is rolling. The WMO said the new clouds could increase people's interest in the environment. It said: "By learning the name of the formations…we pay attention to and value what we see around us." It added: "By giving a language to the forms of our atmosphere, we are helping people to value our atmosphere and to pay attention to our impact on it."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Clouds - Level 4 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. clouds and
  2. cloud
  3. the standard and most
  4. reference
  5. decides whether
  6. you don't need to be an expert
  7. send it
  8. could one day become
  1. to find a new cloud
  2. authoritative
  3. a new cloud
  4. or not to…
  5. lovers
  6. to the WMO
  7. cloud formations
  8. tool

Paragraph 2

  1. creating the biggest buzz
  2. meaning 'rough-like'
  3. big waves at
  4. when looked at from
  5. This a tube-shaped cloud
  6. increase people's interest in
  7. pay
  8. our impact
  1. the environment
  2. sea
  3. attention to
  4. mass
  5. in Latin
  6. below
  7. on it
  8. online

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The International Cloud Atlas (1) ___________________ of clouds and cloud formations for the first time since 1987. Meteorologists and cloud lovers have 12 new names to play with. (2) ___________________ 1896. It is believed to be (3) ___________________ most authoritative reference tool on clouds. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) (4) ___________________ decides whether or not to include new clouds. The WMO said you don't need to (5) ___________________ find a new cloud. It said anyone can take a photo and send it to the WMO, and that could one day (6) ___________________ cloud.

The cloud creating the biggest (7) ___________________ named asperitas, meaning 'rough-like' in Latin. It looks like big (8) ___________________ when (9) ___________________ below. Another is the volutus. This a tube-shaped cloud mass that looks like it is rolling. The WMO said the new clouds could increase (10) ___________________ the environment. It said: "By learning the name of the formations… (11) ___________________ to and value what we see around us." It added: "By giving a language to the forms of our atmosphere, we are helping people to value our atmosphere and to pay attention (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheInternationalCloudAtlashasnamed'new'typesofcloudsandcloudf
ormationsforthefirsttimesince1987.Meteorologistsandcloudloversh
ave12newnamestoplaywith.Theatlasstartedin1896.Itisbelievedtob
ethestandardandmostauthoritativereferencetoolonclouds.TheWorl
dMeteorologicalOrganization(WMO)publishesitanddecideswhether
ornottoincludenewclouds.TheWMOsaidyoudon'tneedtobeanexpertt
ofindanewcloud.ItsaidanyonecantakeaphotoandsendittotheWMO,a
ndthatcouldonedaybecomeanewcloud.Thecloudcreatingthebiggest
buzzonlineisnamedasperitas,meaning'rough-like'inLatin.Itlooksl
ikebigwavesatseawhenlookedatfrombelow.Anotheristhevolutus.Thi
satube-shapedcloudmassthatlookslikeitisrolling.TheWMOsaidthe
newcloudscouldincreasepeople'sinterestintheenvironment.Itsaid:"
Bylearningthenameoftheformations…wepayattentiontoandvaluewh
atweseearoundus."Itadded:"Bygivingalanguagetotheformsofourat
mosphere,wearehelpingpeopletovalueouratmosphereandtopayatte
ntiontoourimpactonit."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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