Lesson 5: Wild Weather

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • How does the environment affect living things?
  • How and why does the environment change?
  • What makes an environment safe/unsafe?

Facts and Definitions

  • A hurricane is a very large storm that usually starts in the ocean. Hurricanes bring strong winds and heavy rains.
  • A tornado is a violent windstorm in the shape of a funnel.
  • Tornadoes and hurricanes can be dangerous and can cause damage.
  • There are warning signs for tornadoes, hurricanes, and flash floods.


  • Identify how natural hazards impact communities. (S)


  • The Kids' Book of Weather Forecasting by Mark Breen and Kathleen Friestad
  • crayons, markers, or colored pencils
  • empty 2-liter bottle
  • empty box or bag
  • food coloring
  • glitter


Ask your child if she thinks the weather in the environment can be dangerous. Ask her to describe examples of dangerous weather that she has seen or heard about.

  1. Fill out your weather log each day as outlined in Lesson 1.
  2. Record the speed and direction of wind as outlined in Lesson 3. This should be your fifth and final entry.