Wintry weather stopped me a month ago but not rainy weather! ;) I finally, was able to re-schedule the visit to Vestavia Hills East Elementary School's Extended Day Program. I truly enjoyed my time with the K-3rd graders and teaching them about how storms form, static electricity and severe weather safety. My goal each time I visit a school is to teach the students something they didn't know before and sometimes it's not always weather related. I was really impressed by how much the students know about math and science. Way to go teachers and students!!!
1st & 3rd graders
Kindergarten working hard on their drawing of a thunderstorm.
A couple 2nd graders and their drawing of a severe thunderstorm.
Explaining lightning and static electricity
When teaching students about severe weather safety, the first thing I ask them is, "What county do you live in?" Most of the time the younger ones shout out, "Alabama" and are not sure what a county even is. I make sure by the end of my visit that they know what county they live in so that if there is a severe weather warning issued for say Jefferson county, a light bulb goes off and they pay attention to the message. I was truly impressed that the students today knew what county they live in.
Safety is number one! Weather impacts everyone and everyday! Understanding how and why storms form and what to do during severe weather warnings can ease anxiety. Most of us have experienced tramatic weather which can have life long impacts, especially psychologically. So if you haven't already come up with a family disaster plan, now is the time to do so. This plan should be implimented if a tornado watch is issued and especially a tornado warning. Know what you would do if you were at home, work, at the store, in the car, etc. Set aside a bin for severe weather days that have safety supplies in it, an emergency preparedness kit, bike helmets, maybe some games/toys for the kids to distract them during warnings. Always have your weather radio plugged in and on and have a way to get warnings no matter where you are.
For more helpful tips go here: http://www.myfoxal.com/story/24650822/stay-prepared-for-a-weather-emergency
Thank again Mary Clark for inviting us out to talk to the students!
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