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Web Weather for Kids! DLESE Reviewed Collection
Web Weather for Kids offers hands-on classroom activities for students to learn about selected severe weather phenomena. Each activity has step-by-step instructions, materials lists, and guiding questions for students. A Teacher Tips page offers implementation strategies for teachers. Phenomena covered include the formation of thunderstorms, lightning, and tornados. Students explore the concepts of convection currents, precipitation, static electricity, wind shear and supercell updraft. Estimating the distance to a storm using the time delay between a flash of lightning and the sound of thunder is explained, as is what to do if caught near an electrical storm. Short videos of students involved in the activities enhance the site, as do links to more extensive information on the science of severe weather.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Lab activity
  • Visual:
    • Visualization - scientific
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
  • Atmospheric science
  • Natural hazards
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
The short videos require an mpeg player such as Windows Media Player.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright and Other Restrictions Information is Unknown.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-001-106
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • B - Physical science:
        • Motion and forces
        • Properties and changes of properties in matter
        • Transfer of energy
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Susan Foster
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Education and Outreach

Contributor: Lynne Davis
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Contributor: Tara Chace
University of Colorado, Science Discovery Program

Contributor: Anitta Frant
Casey Middle School