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French soldiers chase down papers picked up by a small dust tornado that went right through their camp during a ten-day French Tactical Desert Survival Training Course on May 8, 2008, in Djibouti, Africa.

(This photo and caption were submitted to Your Shot.)

Photograph by Jeremy Lock, MyShot

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Forces of Nature
Interactive
EDUCATION

Forces of Nature

Explore the science behind earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, and hurricanes through maps, photos, and 3-D animations—and then make your own!

  • Best for: Grades 2+ (ages 7+)
  • Concepts: earthquakes, forces of nature, hurricanes, natural hazards, tornadoes, volcanoes
In Harm's Way
Photo
EDUCATION

In Harm's Way

Illustration of how and where tornadoes form.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: air masses, storms, temperature, tornado alley, tornadoes, weather, wind
Mapping Extreme Natural Events
Activity
EDUCATION

Mapping Extreme Natural Events

Students use an interactive natural hazards map to construct their own maps of extreme natural events by United States region. Then they identify patterns.

  • Best for: Grades 4-5 (ages 9-11)
  • Concepts: extreme natural events, extreme weather, mapping, natural disasters, region
Happy Birthday, “Mr. Tornado”
Historic Article
EDUCATION

Happy Birthday, “Mr. Tornado”

On October 23, 1920, Tetsuya Theodore Fujita was born in Fukoka Prefecture, Japan.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: fujita scale, fukoka prefecture, measurement, natural hazards, storms, tornadoes, wind
Seasons
Idea
EDUCATION

Seasons

Get ideas for ways to celebrate the seasons around the world.

  • Best for: Grades K+ (ages 5+)
  • Concepts: arts, autumn, autumnal equinox, buds, celebrations, cultures, data, equinoxes, fall, food, hurricanes, leaves, maps, natural disasters, plants, rain, rainfall, seasons, solstices, spring, summer solstice, tornadoes, trees, tropical storms, vernal equinox, winter solstice
Indoor Family Fun
Idea
EDUCATION

Indoor Family Fun

Get ideas for fun family activities you can do indoors.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: animals, communities, experiments, family, family tree, food, gardens, going green, green, history, maps, migrations, natural disasters, plants, recipes, research, tornadoes, trash, wildlife
Wedge Tornado
Photo
EDUCATION

Wedge Tornado

Photo of a dark tornado.

  • Concepts: natural hazards, oklahoma, storms, tornadoes, weather
waterspout
Article
EDUCATION

waterspout

A waterspout is a column of rotating, cloud-filled wind. A waterspout descends from a cumulus cloud to an ocean or a lake.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: atmosphere, clouds, humidity, natural hazards, storms, tornadoes, waterspouts, wind
Preparing for Extreme Natural Events
Activity
EDUCATION

Preparing for Extreme Natural Events

Students discuss their feelings about extreme natural events, learn safety and preparation tips, and create safety signs.

  • Best for: Grades 3-5 (ages 8-11)
  • Concepts: extreme natural events, natural disasters, safety
Extreme Weather on Earth and Other Planets
Lesson
EDUCATION

Extreme Weather on Earth and Other Planets

Students investigate extreme weather on Earth and other planets, learn about instruments used to measure weather, and design a space probe that will gather weather information on another planet.

  • Best for: Grades 2-5 (ages 7-11)
Environmental Conditions in Our Solar System
Lesson
EDUCATION

Environmental Conditions in Our Solar System

Students explore the difference between weather and climate, analyze environmental conditions on Earth and other planets, and design a space probe that can withstand extreme weather on other planets.  

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
Extreme Weather on Our Planet
Activity
EDUCATION

Extreme Weather on Our Planet

Students use prior knowledge, a photo gallery, and a video to discuss what they already know about extreme weather on Earth and brainstorm a list of weather-related words. Then they organize the information they learned about weather events and conditions present for each type of weather event, and ...

  • Best for: Grades 2-5 (ages 7-11)
  • Concepts: atmosphere, pressure, temperature, weather, wildest weather, wind
Extreme Weather on Earth
Activity
EDUCATION

Extreme Weather on Earth

Students use prior knowledge, a photo gallery, and a video to discuss what they already know about extreme weather on Earth and brainstorm and categorize a list of weather-related words and phrases. Then they identify the necessary conditions for weather events to occur, and the factors that affect ...

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: atmosphere, climate, jet stream, temperature, weather, wildest weather
Extreme Natural Events
Activity
EDUCATION

Extreme Natural Events

Students brainstorm types of extreme natural events, describe the dangerous characteristics of each, and compare and contrast them.

  • Best for: Grades 4-5 (ages 9-11)
  • Concepts: extreme natural events, extreme weather, natural disasters, natural hazards