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Age Range: Grade 3 through grade 5 (Elementary)
Overview and Purpose: Springtime triggers severe weather across the United States. In this activity, students practice their research and mapping skills as they label what kind of weather is found in each state or region.
Objective: The student will be able to describe the different kinds of weather common in the springtime around the United States.
Internet access for each student
Map of the United States
Have students work alone or together to research the different types of severe weather found across the United States in the springtime. Have them code the states on the map based on their findings. Remind them to create a map key. Some states may have more than one type of severe weather, so encourage the students to find a way to show this on their maps. When everyone is finished, come back together as a class and discuss the results of their research.
This activity could be extended by having students choose one type of extreme weather and write instructions for how to be prepared for people who live in that area.