Scientific Knowledge from the Earth and Space Sciences in Real-World
students will investigate and describe what makes up weather and how it
changes from day to day, from season to season, and over long periods of
time; explain what causes different kinds of weather; and analyze the
relationships between human activities and the atmosphere. (Atmosphere and
Explain appropriate safety
precautions during severe weather.
Appropriate safety precautions
need to be taken during severe weather. Safety precautions include moving
to safe locations, listening for sirens, and monitoring radio broadcasts
for severe weather watches and warnings.
- Explain safety precautions during severe weather
such as high wind chill events, high heat index, ozone alert,
thunderstorms, tornadoes, and blizzards
- Demonstrate safety precautions they should
take during a high wind chill events, high heat index, ozone alert,
thunderstorm, tornado, and blizzard
thunderstorms, and blizzards are significant events and students need to
know how to properly respond to these events. The frequency of these
events, however, is less than days when the wind chill and heat index are
high. Students need to know what type of precautions to take for these two
events as well.
Key Concept / Real World Context / Instructional
Example / Assessment Example / Resources
- safe locations
- radio broadcasts
- severe weather watch and warning. Students
need to know the difference between a watch (conditions favorable) and
a warning (tornado has actually been sited on the ground.
local severe weather that changes with the seasons:
- wind chill
- heat index
of local community safety precautions:
- weather bulletins
- tornado sirens
Benchmark Question: What are the relationships between
human activities and the atmosphere?
Focus Question: Where is a safe place in severe
The teacher will direct a
discussion based on the focus question. The students will research school
and local community safety precautions and present their findings to the
Students will use art
materials to create a picture of a severe weather condition and show an
appropriate location for safety.
Students will present their
pictures to the class and will describe the safest location for their
chosen weather condition and the appropriate safety precautions.
(Rubric not required.)
(Give students rubric before
This assessment is evaluated
on a pass or fail basis. The presentation will accurately describe the
safest location for the chosen weather condition and the appropriate safety
National Severe Storms
Laboratory: access current research efforts with Radar, Satellite, Software
Development, Modeling, Tornadoes, Thunderstorms, Damaging Winds, Lightning,
Hail, Winter Weather, Flooding.
The Storm Encyclopedia: from
the Weather Channel, this site, “can answer your questions on severe and
Lampton, Christopher. Blizzard. A DISASTER BOOK. Millbrook, 1994.