Students in Jeanie Mullins’s third grade class at Great Neck Road Elementary School are studying weather and climate patterns as part of their science curriculum. During a hands-on experiment, the students learned how evaporation actually forms clouds. They put warm water in a clear cup and then put a plastic lid on top. After leaving it on for a few minutes, they recorded their observations. The students recognized that the water droplets on the side of the cup were similar to the way that clouds form. They also found out why clouds are white. When many water droplets collect together, they give the appearance of being white rather than clear like liquid water. The students use a magnifying lens and recorded their observations in their science notebooks.