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  • In this activity, students watch a short slide show presentation explaining what precipitation is and how clouds form.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • explain what precipitation is and how water vapour is transported and concentrated in the atmosphere
    • describe how water appears as different phases in the air – vapour, droplets and ice particles
    • explain that clouds are mixtures of droplets and ice particles and that this mixture changes with temperature.

    Download the slide show and Word file for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • extension idea.

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      Published 3 June 2009, Updated 1 October 2012 Referencing Hub articles
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