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Extreme Weather: A Research Starters Activity

Hurricanes, heat waves, hailstorms — Scholastic offers a wealth of information and ideas to students writing about extreme weather.


3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Activities and Games

Created with Grolier Online, Scholastic’s Research Starters: Extreme Weatherfeatures everything students need to get a jump-start on their research papers about extreme weather.

The workshop includes an introduction on the various types of extreme weather and their consequences, plus a glossary of related terms to become familiar with. Students will also find links to various articles and activities on Major 20th-Century Hurricanes and Typhoons ,  Extremes of Precipitation, Weather Forecasting, and more.

Scholastic also tracked down the best weather-related sites on the Web for students to explore. They include the following sites:


  • Weather Underground:Weather Underground, started as a project at the University of Michigan and evolved into a weather service, provides access to thousands of forecasts, images, and the Internet's largest collection of weather links.
  • The Beaufort Scale:Basic information on the Beaufort Wind Force Scale; includes an explanation of conditions likely at each of the 18 possible points on the scale as well as links to related materials.
  • Meteorology A to Z:Site developed by a TV weather man includes links to useful information sources on a variety of weather topics along with links to useful teaching materials on weather.
  • The Weather Channel:The Weather Channel maintains this comprehensive Web site, offering weather forecasts worldwide; travel information; satellite images; and teachers' resources. Current reports and forecasts for any city of the world are retrievable via a search feature.

Susan Cheyney

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