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Making rain

Investigating how rain falls from clouds

This is one of a set of resources developed to support the teaching of the primary national curriculum. They are designed to support the delivery of key topics within maths and science. This resource focuses on investigating how rain falls from clouds.

We often complain about rain when it gets us wet, but do you know what causes it to fall?

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

In this activity learners will perform an experiment to investigate how rain falls from clouds. They will spray shaving foam on top of a glass of water to create a ‘cloud’. They will then add food colouring and watch as the cloud fills up, producing ‘rain’, and discuss their findings as a class.

This activity could be used as a starter or main activity to introduce the causes of rain, or as one of several activities within a wider scheme of learning focusing on seasonal changes and the weather.

The activity sheet includes teachers' notes, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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All activity sheets and supporting resources are free to download, and all the documents are fully editable, so you can tailor them to your students' and your schools' needs.

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