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Hands-On Thunderstorms: Activities to help students and teachers understand thunderstorms and severe weather

by: Mark H. Palmer

Have you ever wondered how thunderstorms actually form? Offering an age-appropriate explanation can be quite challenging because thunderstorms are very complicated atmospheric phenomena. However, by using a little creativity and a few household items to serve as concrete examples, students can conduct experiments that help understand the various stages of thunderstorm development. Each demonstration and hands-on activity used in this article can enhance individual classroom units on storms, clouds, severe weather, and the water cycle.


Elementary School


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 4/1/2000Stock # sc00_037_07_40Volume 037Issue 07

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