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Winter Storms: A Severe Weather and Natural Disasters Activity

Reading activities, timelines, experiments, and firsthand accounts give students a comprehensive look at winter storms.


3–5, 6–8

Activity Type

  • Computer Lab Activities

Winter Storms, which is part of Scholastic’s Weather Watch: Severe Weather and Natural Disasters series, brings students face-to-face with heavy snow, freezing rains, and high winds. Various interactive activities make up this project, including:

  • The Basics: Students read an introduction to winter storms and what causes them.
  • In-Depth: An interactive timeline, complete with images, shares the stories of memorable winter storms from the 1700s to 2000.
  • Experiments: Students simulate how rain — and snowflakes — are created with a simple experiment involving a glass jar, a plate, hot water, and ice cubes.
  • Witness Account: David George Gordon shares his experience as a junior in high school when a major blizzard hit his hometown of Chicago.
  • Words to Know: This interactive activity tests students’ know-how. They read an article on winter storms and fill in missing key words to complete sentences.
  • Experts Say: Dr. Jeffrey Masters, director of Meteorology, discusses the tools he uses to predict weather, why snow is white, the warmest place it’s ever snowed, and more.
  • Be Ready!: Students learn the basic emergency supplies to have in case you lose power during a winter storm. Plus, how to protect yourself outside in very cold temperatures.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Formulate questions to help guide their own learning
  • Gain knowledge of weather terms and their appropriate usage
  • Use observation skills to determine current weather conditions
  • Gather data from several sources
  • Forecast probable weather conditions after analyzing available data
  • Complete a research project on a topic of their choice

Susan Cheyney

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