The Reading / Listening - Clouds - Level 6

For the first time in 30 years, scientists, meteorologists, sky watchers and cloud lovers have names for 12 'new' cloud formations. The International Cloud Atlas has recognized 'new' types of cloud for the first time since 1987. The atlas has been referencing cloud formations since 1896. It is considered to be the standard and most authoritative reference tool on clouds. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) now publishes it and has the final say on whether or not to include new clouds and cloud features. The WMO said you don't need to be an expert to find a new cloud. A spokesman said anyone can take a photo and send it to the WMO, and that could be recognized one day as a new cloud.



The new addition creating the biggest buzz online is named asperitas, meaning 'rough-like' in Latin. It looks like the tossing of the waves at sea when viewed from below. Another is the volutus. This a low, horizontal, tube-shaped cloud mass that looks like it is rolling. The WMO said the attention the new clouds are receiving could increase people's interest in the environment. It said: "The value of the atlas is that it draws our attention to the sky and 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 easier levels:

    Clouds - Level 4  or  Clouds - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. CLOUDS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about clouds. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       meteorologists / names / types / atlas / standard / tool / features / expert / photo /
       addition / Latin / waves / tube / interest / environment / value / atmosphere / impact

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. INTERESTING: Students A strongly believe clouds are the most interesting thing about the sky; Students B strongly believe otherwise.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. ENVIRONMENT: What do you know about these things that make up our environment and weather? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I know

What I Want To Know

Clouds

 

 

Lightning

 

 

Hail

 

 

The Northern Lights

 

 

Humidity

 

 

Snow

 

 

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5. TOOL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "tool". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. STUDY: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things to study at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • photosynthesis
  • the Sun
  • global warming
  • El Nino
  • clouds
  • the ozone layer
  • hurricanes
  • the Moon

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. There are names for new clouds for the first time in 30 years.     T / F
  2. The International Cloud Atlas started in 1987.     T / F
  3. The World Meteorological Agency publishes the International Cloud Atlas. T / F
  4. The World Meteorological Agency says people can send it photos.     T / F
  5. The cloud causing the greatest online interest has a Greek name.     T / F
  6. The volutus cloud is shaped like a spiral.     T / F
  7. The value of the atlas is that it draws our attention to the sky.     T / F
  8. The WMO says there is little value in giving names to clouds.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. meteorologists
  2. formations
  3. considered
  4. whether
  5. expert
  6. addition
  7. below
  8. interest
  9. value
  10. impact
  1. specialist
  2. if
  3. inclusion
  4. patterns
  5. attraction
  6. appreciate
  7. weather forecasters
  8. effect
  9. underneath
  10. believed

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. For the first
  2. the standard and most authoritative
  3. has the final
  4. you don't need to
  5. could be recognized one
  6. creating the biggest
  7. like the tossing of the waves
  8. This a low, horizontal, tube-
  9. we pay attention to and value
  10. pay attention to our
  1. buzz online
  2. impact on it
  3. be an expert
  4. shaped cloud mass
  5. time in 30 years
  6. say
  7. what we see around us
  8. reference tool
  9. at sea
  10. day as a new cloud

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
recognized
say
reference
day
lovers
expert
atlas
publishes

For the first time in 30 years, scientists, meteorologists, sky watchers and cloud (1) ____________ have names for 12 'new' cloud formations. The International Cloud Atlas has (2) ____________ 'new' types of cloud for the first time since 1987. The (3) ____________ has been referencing cloud formations since 1896. It is considered to be the standard and most authoritative (4) ____________ tool on clouds. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) now (5) ____________ it and has the final (6) ____________ on whether or not to include new clouds and cloud features. The WMO said you don't need to be an (7) ____________ to find a new cloud. A spokesman said anyone can take a photo and send it to the WMO, and that could be recognized one (8) ____________ as a new cloud.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
interest
buzz
impact
attention
viewed
forms
tossing
draws

The new addition creating the biggest (9) ____________ online is named asperitas, meaning 'rough-like' in Latin. It looks like the (10) ____________ of the waves at sea when (11) ____________ from below. Another is the volutus. This a low, horizontal, tube-shaped cloud mass that looks like it is rolling. The WMO said the attention the new clouds are receiving could increase people's (12) ____________ in the environment. It said: "The value of the atlas is that it (13) ____________ our attention to the sky and by learning the name of the formations…we pay (14) ____________ to and value what we see around us." It added: "By giving a language to the (15) ____________ of our atmosphere, we are helping people to value our atmosphere and to pay attention to our (16) ____________ on it."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  meteorologists, sky watchers and cloud lovers have names for 12 'new' ______
     a.  cloud formulations
     b.  cloud information
     c.  cloud informatics
     d.  cloud formations

2)  It is considered to be the standard and most authoritative reference ______
     a.  stool on clouds
     b.  tail on clouds
     c.  tool on clouds
     d.  tooled on clouds

3)  The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) now publishes it and ______
     a.  has the finals says
     b.  has the final stay
     c.  has the final say
     d.  has the finals say

4)  The WMO said you don't need to be an expert to find ______
     a.  anew cloud
     b.  a new cloud
     c.  a newish cloud
     d.  a newly cloud

5)  send it to the WMO, and that could be recognized one day ______
     a.  as a new cloud
     b.  has a new cloud
     c.  was a new cloud
     d.  alas a new cloud

6)  The new addition creating the biggest ______
     a.  Buzz Aldrine
     b.  buzzer online
     c.  buzz on lane
     d.  buzz online

7)  It looks like the tossing of the waves at sea when ______
     a.  view it from below
     b.  viewed form below
     c.  viewed from below
     d.  viewed from bellow

8)  This a low, horizontal, tube-shaped cloud mass that looks ______
     a.  like it is LOLing
     b.  like it is lolling
     c.  like it is rolling
     d.  like it is loll in

9)  The value of the atlas is that it draws our attention ______
     a.  to the skies
     b.  to the skied
     c.  to the sky
     d.  to the skier

10)  we are helping people to value our atmosphere and to pay attention to ______
     a.  our impact on it
     b.  our compact on it
     c.  our imprint on it
     d.  our impart on it

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

For the (1) ___________________ years, scientists, meteorologists, sky watchers and cloud lovers have names for 12 'new' cloud formations. The International Cloud Atlas has recognized 'new' (2) ___________________ the first time since 1987. The atlas has been referencing cloud formations since 1896. (3) ___________________ be the standard and most authoritative reference tool on clouds. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) now publishes it and has the final (4) ___________________ not to include new clouds and cloud features. The WMO said you don't need (5) ___________________ to find a new cloud. A spokesman said anyone can take a photo and send it to the WMO, and that could be recognized (6) ___________________ new cloud.

The new addition creating the biggest (7) ___________________ named asperitas, meaning 'rough-like' in Latin. It looks like (8) ___________________ the waves at sea when viewed from below. Another is the volutus. (9) ___________________, tube-shaped cloud mass that looks like it is rolling. The WMO said the attention the new clouds are receiving could increase (10) ___________________ the environment. It said: "The value of the atlas is that it (11) ___________________ to the sky and 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 (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. When was the last time a new cloud was recognized?
  2. When did the International Cloud Atlas begin?
  3. What is the abbreviation of the organization that publishes the cloud atlas?
  4. What did the organization say you don't have to be?
  5. What should someone send the organization if they find a new cloud?
  6. What does asperitas mean in Latin?
  7. What kind of shape is the volutus cloud formation?
  8. What could the new clouds increase people's interest in?
  9. What does the atlas draw our attention to?
  10. What does naming the clouds help people to value?




Multiple choice quiz

1) When was the last time a new cloud was recognized?
a) 10 years ago / 2007
b) 40 years ago / 1977
c) 30 years ago / 1987
d) 20 years ago / 1997

2) When did the International Cloud Atlas begin?
a) 1698
b) 1968
c) 1986
d) 1896

3) What is the abbreviation of the organization that publishes the cloud atlas?
a) WMO
b) WOM
c) MOW
d) OWM

4) What did the organization say you don't have to be?
a) a meteorologist
b) a pilot
c) an expert
d) a cloud lover

5) What should someone send the organization if they find a new cloud?
a) a cloud
b) a photo
c) an atlas
d) cloud vapour

6) What does asperitas mean in Latin?
a) rough-like
b) wavy
c) tossing sea
d) buzz

7) What kind of shape is the volutus cloud formation?
a) spaghetti-shaped
b) spiral-shaped
c) tune-shaped
d) heart-shaped

8) What could the new clouds increase people's interest in?
a) the environment
b) drawings
c) atlases
d) photos

9) What does the atlas draw our attention to?
a) the sky
b) the ocean
c) rainbows
d) the Northern Lights

10) What does naming the clouds help people to value?
a) the International Cloud Atlas
b) meteorologists
c) the WMO
d) the atmosphere

Role play

Role  A – Clouds

You think clouds are the best things to study. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the most boring of these (and why): the ozone layer, photosynthesis or El Nino.

Role  B – The Ozone Layer

You think the ozone layer is best thing to study. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the most boring of these (and why): clouds, photosynthesis or El Nino.

Role  C – Photosynthesis

You think photosynthesis is best thing to study. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the most boring of these (and why): the ozone layer, clouds or El Nino.

Role  D – El Nino

You think El Nino is best thing to study. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the most boring of these (and why):  the ozone layer, photosynthesis or clouds.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'type'

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  • and 'cloud'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • buzz
    • sea
    • mass
    • draws
    • language
    • impact
    • names
    • since
    • tool
    • final
    • expert
    • take




    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 - Scientists list 12 new types of cloud

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'cloud'?
    3. What do you think of clouds?
    4. Do you have a favourite type of clouds?
    5. Do you prefer a cloudy or cloudless sky?
    6. What does 'have one's head in the clouds' mean?
    7. How are clouds formed?
    8. What cloud types do you know of?
    9. How important are clouds?
    10. How many adjectives do you know to describe clouds?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'sky'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How interested are you in meteorology?
    5. What does a meteorologist do all day?
    6. Should we learn more about clouds at school?
    7. Does naming new clouds make us value our environment more?
    8. What do you think of the word 'cloud' being used for digital storage?
    9. What impact do we have on clouds?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the WMO?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    For the first (1) ____ in 30 years, scientists, meteorologists, sky watchers and cloud (2) ____ have names for 12 'new' cloud formations. The International Cloud Atlas has recognized 'new' types of cloud for the first time since 1987. The atlas has been (3) ____ cloud formations since 1896. It is considered to be the standard and most authoritative reference tool (4) ____ clouds. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) now publishes it and has the final (5) ____ on whether or not to include new clouds and cloud features. The WMO said you don't need to be an expert to find a new cloud. A spokesman said anyone can take a photo and send it to the WMO, and (6) ____ could be recognized one day as a new cloud.

    The new addition creating the biggest (7) ____ online is named asperitas, meaning 'rough-like' in Latin. It looks like the (8) ____ of the waves at sea when viewed from below. Another is the volutus. This a low, (9) ____, tube-shaped cloud mass that looks like it is rolling. The WMO said the attention the new clouds are receiving could increase people's interest in the environment. It said: "The value of the atlas is that it (10) ____ our attention to the sky and by learning the name of the formations…we (11) ____ 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 (12) ____ it."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     timed     (b)     timely     (c)     times     (d)     time    
    2. (a)     loving     (b)     loved     (c)     loves     (d)     lovers    
    3. (a)     referential     (b)     referencing     (c)     reference     (d)     references    
    4. (a)     in     (b)     by     (c)     on     (d)     through    
    5. (a)     say     (b)     speak     (c)     whisper     (d)     shout    
    6. (a)     that     (b)     what     (c)     which     (d)     these    
    7. (a)     buzzing     (b)     buzzed     (c)     buzzer     (d)     buzz    
    8. (a)     tossing     (b)     toss     (c)     tosses     (d)     tossed    
    9. (a)     horizon     (b)     horizontal     (c)     horizontally     (d)     horizons    
    10. (a)     paints     (b)     sketches     (c)     draws     (d)     arts    
    11. (a)     use     (b)     spend     (c)     pay     (d)     credit    
    12. (a)     as     (b)     on     (c)     at     (d)     by

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    Put the words in the right order

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    4. new   clouds   The   final   say   on   whether   or   not   to   include   .
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    8. ,   tube   cloud   low   ,   shaped   A   horizontal   -   mass   .
    9. interest   the   Could   people's   in   environment   increase   .
    10. our  Value  it  on  impact  our  to  attention  pay  to  and  atmosphere  .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    For the first / firstly time in 30 years, scientists, meteorologists, sky watchers and cloud lovers have named / names for 12 'new' cloud formations. The International Cloud Atlas has recognized / recognition 'new' types of cloud for / at the first time since 1987. The atlas has been referencing cloud formations since 1896. It is considered to been / be the standard and most authoritative reference tool in / on clouds. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) now publishes it / them and has the final speak / say on whether / weather or not to include new clouds and cloud features. The WMO said you don't need to be an expert to find a new cloud. A spokesman said anyone can take a photo and send it to the WMO, and that could be recognized one day as / has a new cloud.

    The new addition creating the biggest buzz / buzzing online is named asperitas, meaning 'rough-like' in / by Latin. It looks like the tossed / tossing of the waves at sea when viewed from below / under. Another is the volutus. This a low, horizontal, tube-shaped cloud mass / massive that looks like it is rolling. The WMO said the / an attention the new clouds are receiving could increase people's interest on / in the environment. It said: "The value / valve of the atlas is that it draws our attention to the sky and by learning the name of the formations…we spend / 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 / compact on it."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    for the first time in 30 years scientists meteorologists sky watchers and cloud lovers have names for 12 'new' cloud formations the international cloud atlas has recognized 'new' types of cloud for the first time since 1987 the atlas has been referencing cloud formations since 1896 it is considered to be the standard and most authoritative reference tool on clouds the world meteorological organization (wmo) now publishes it and has the final say on whether or not to include new clouds and cloud features the wmo said you don't need to be an expert to find a new cloud a spokesman said anyone can take a photo and send it to the wmo and that could be recognized one day as a new cloud

    the new addition creating the biggest buzz online is named asperitas meaning 'rough-like' in latin it looks like the tossing of the waves at sea when viewed from below another is the volutus this a low horizontal tube-shaped cloud mass that looks like it is rolling the wmo said the attention the new clouds are receiving could increase people's interest in the environment it said "the value of the atlas is that it draws our attention to the sky and 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"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    dcloudlovershavenamesfor12'new'cloudformations.TheInternation
    alCloudAtlashasrecognized'new'typesofcloudforthefirsttimesince19
    87.Theatlashasbeenreferencingcloudformationssince1896.Itisconsi
    deredtobethestandardandmostauthoritativereferencetoolonclouds.
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    hefinalsayonwhetherornottoincludenewcloudsandcloudfeatures.Th
    eWMOsaidyoudon'tneedtobeanexperttofindanewcloud.Aspokesma
    nsaidanyonecantakeaphotoandsendittotheWMO,andthatcouldbere
    cognizedonedayasanewcloud.Thenewadditioncreatingthebiggestbu
    zzonlineisnamedasperitas,meaning'rough-like'inLatin.Itlookslik
    ethetossingofthewavesatseawhenviewedfrombelow.Anotheristhev
    olutus.Thisalow,horizontal,tube-shapedcloudmassthatlookslikeitis
    rolling.TheWMOsaidtheattentionthenewcloudsarereceivingcouldinc
    reasepeople'sinterestintheenvironment.Itsaid:"Thevalueoftheatlas
    isthatitdrawsourattentiontotheskyandbylearningthenameofthefor
    mations…wepayattentiontoandvaluewhatweseearoundus."Itadded
    :"Bygivingalanguagetotheformsofouratmosphere,wearehelpingpeo
    pletovalueouratmosphereandtopayattentiontoourimpactonit."

    Free writing

    Write about clouds for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    We pay too little attention to the environment. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. CLOUDS: Make a poster about clouds. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. ATMOSPHERE: Write a magazine article about our atmosphere and environment. Argue that both should be subjects at school Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on clouds. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we can value clouds more. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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