Using Extreme Weather to Teach Science Concepts
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Mark Twain once said, "In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours." Getting students engaged in science instruction often requires connecting current local events to broader scientific concepts and as we enter spring, it can be a time of rapid weather changes - giving us opportunities to make the science and real world connections.
Teaching about extreme weather can enhance classroom instruction, but it can also help save a student's life. I've included some links / resources to help give ideas about teaching extreme weather in the classroom and how to teach students to prepare their own emergency kits.
- National Geographic Lesson Plans on Extreme Weather: http://www.nationalgeographic.org/activity/extreme-weather-on-our-planet/
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Build a Kit: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/news/130306_swpw_kit.html
- Connecting ELA with Weather: http://youngmeteorologist.org/information-station-for-kids/recommended-reading/
- Red Cross Safety Tips http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Severe-Weather-Common-In-Spring--Use-Red-Cross-Safety-Tips
Which resources will you use? Do you typically cover spring weather and emergency plans with students? If so, what tips would you share?
I'd love to hear how you approach spring weather with your students.