Lesson 7: Wild Weather

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • How does the weather affect living things?
  • Why do we study and observe the weather?
  • How and why does the weather change?
  • What makes weather safe/unsafe?

Facts and Definitions

  • A hurricane is a very large storm that usually starts in the ocean with 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* (Activity 1 - optional)
  • glitter* (Activity 1 - optional)

* - denotes an optional material that may or may not be needed


Ask your child how weather might be dangerous. What are some examples of dangerous weather?


  1. Fill out your weather log each day as outlined in Lesson 1.
  2. Record the air pressure as outlined in Lesson 2.
  3. Take four temperature readings during the day for the daily temperature experiment as outlined in Lesson 3. This should be your 5th and final entry.
  4. Record the speed and direction of the wind as outlined in Lesson 4.