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Students create a thunderstorm by putting ice cubes and food coloring into a container and observe what happens to the food coloring. For this thunderstorm lesson plan, students discuss the cause and effects of thunderstorms and then complete a demonstration and draw what they see happening.
Fourth graders research thunderstorms and relate to the book,Thundercakes. In this thunderstorms lesson, 4th graders complete an Internet scavenger hunt to find information about thunder and lightning. Students perform a hands-on activity to simulate thunder and write a report on thunderstorms.
Fifth graders identify the causes and effects of several different kinds of severe weather phenomenon. They read an excerpt from John Muir's book The Mountains of California and research one of the following severe weather phenomena using the Internet and library resources; thunderstorms, blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought, and flooding.
Students research thunderstorms using the Internet, science book, or another reference book. Then, they can take a specific aspect of thunderstorms such as lightning, thunder, hail, rain, or something else that occurs during a thunderstorm and write a summary about their topic.
Students create a tornado in a bottle. For this climate and weather lesson, students review basic information about tornadoes and thunderstorms. Students make a tornado in a bottle and write about what they learned from the project. Students discuss the seasons, how meteorologists make accurate weather predictions and the destructive forces caused by a tornado.
Learners explore the natural hazards that occur across the United States and in their region. They view pictures of and discuss tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, and thunderstorms. Students discuss where these natural events are most likely to take place and discuss safety steps for each natural disaster. Learners create signs about safety during natural disasters.