The Storm TeamWeb sites that might be helpful:
What is a Family Disaster Plan and what does it contain?
It is your task to prepare a Family Disaster Plan so you and your family will know what to do before severe weather strikes. There are many other kinds of disasters that affect our area but right now we are concentrating on weather hazards.
All good researchers keep journals or logs of what they do and find out. You are a good researcher and your journal will be a useful tool for you when you begin to finalize your plan and when you are sharing with the class at the end of each period. Be sure to record:
- What were your research questions?
- What data/information did you collect?
- What other data/information did you use?
- What other resources did you use?
- What did you find out?
- What other questions do you have?
You will also need to assess your work by completing your online Science Journal at the end of the week and by using the Rubrics for the Storm Team and the Teamwork Rubric to assess your work during the week.
Brainstorm with your team what you think a Family Disaster Plan should contain. Then begin your research on the web, or any other place that you think might be helpful to you.
For what types of severe weather do you need to prepare?
With your team brainstorm what types of weather hazards exist for our state. Make a list.
Visit the Red Cross web site at http://www.redcross.org/services/disaster/keepsafe/map.html
and use the map to see if you named them all. Add any to the list you forgot and remove any that do not normally effect our state.
After a day of investigation you probably have lots of information. How can you make this research go more quickly and pull your plan together in the next few days? Brainstorm with your team and see what you come up with. Be sure to write down all the decisions you make as a team in your journal. Then decide how you will present this to your classmates and community.
The Red Cross gives steps to take if disaster strikes without warning. It also has directions as to how to prepare a family disaster plan.
Federal Emergency Management Agency for Kids site gives vital information about many kinds of disasters. Be sure to stick to the weather ones for now in your research. http://www.fema.gov/kids/dizarea.htm
NOAA Sites http://www.crh.noaa.gov/mkx/owlie/owlie.htm This is the site of the National Weather Service's mascot Owlie Skywarn. He teaches about the hazards of severe weather which include tornadoes, lightning, hurricanes, flash floods and winter storms.
http://www.education.noaa.gov/sweather.html This site gives links to other NOAA sites with information about severe weather and what you need to do.
http://www.education.noaa.gov/csafety.html This is a page from NOAA that is full of links that give safety tips.
Pennsylvania State University developed this site just for kids. It has weather brochures, weather facts, calculator, FAQs, glossary, and an "Ask a Meteorologist" section not to mention some weather jokes.
National Weather Service Office in Columbia, SC has severe weather spotter terms and weather units for elementary students plus how to observe and chart weather. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/er/cae/education.htm
SouthEast Regional Climate Center in Columbia, SC has a page with many types of severe weather listed. Each type is explained and common questions are answered. http://www.dnr.state.sc.us/climate/sercc/hazards/
The Weather Project
Weekly Science Journal
Author(s): Wanda McMichael,
Payne, Emmie Thirlwell
School: Sheridan Elementary, Orangeburg Consolidated School District #5, Bamberg-Calhoun-Orangeburg Math/Science Hub
Created: March 4, 2001 - Updated: April 18, 2001