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Winter Storm Preparation

Iowans are not strangers to severe winter weather, as seen in the photo after a winter ice storm. Weather forecasting can help keep us safe during those events through preparation and safe responses to severe winter weather.

Location
Roland, Iowa

Driving Question

  • How can we prepare for blizzards and snowstorms?

Probing Questions

  • The photo was taken after an ice storm. What do you notice in the photo?
  • What do you think is the difference between regular weather and severe weather?
  • How might you prepare for severe weather at home and school?
  • What are things you could do to stay safe during a winter weather such as an ice storm, blizzard or winter snow storm?

Classroom Suggestions

Students could:

  • Create a list of what happens before, during and after a blizzard. Students can draw pictures of what it might look like outside.
  • Discuss how we prepare for severe weather at school (ex. tornado drills, blizzards) and talk about the importance of a plan.
  • Have a staff member at your school explain how they get the school, playground, and parking lot ready for a blizzard or snowstorm.
  • Have a meteorologist visit and discuss how they help people prepare and what students should know to be ready in case of a weather emergency like a blizzard.
  • Create a blizzard plan or kit for at home. Have students brainstorm different things they would need in a kit and different jobs family members might need to do before, during or after a snowstorm.

Relevant Related Resources

Iowa Core Alignment

K-ESS3-2:

Ask questions to obtain information about the purpose of weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, severe weather

Credit Info

Phenomena submitted by Paige Petzenhauser.

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