Lauderdale County, Miss. Weather is something that often captivates, fascinates and even frightens kids. The children at Southeast Elementary School were so excited by weather that I decided to pay them a visit to share details of why severe weather happens and what to do during severe storms.
Shae Fuller, a second grade teacher at Southeast, says, "We wanted our kids to experience first-hand from a meteorologist the kind of impact storms can make. They feel more connected. And when students make a connection with someone like a meteorologist, it just seems to make a great impact in their lives."
The students had lots of questions. They were stunned to find out how big and how powerful thunderstorms and tornadoes can be and how the storms themselves form. For the kids, it was fun getting to see the things that they had only read about in books.
Fuller says, "We've done lots of activities to do with weather. We've used our science books, our reading books, both fiction and non-fiction, and other resources. We've created weather graphs; we've done lots of weather activities over the last few weeks."
The second grade class was kind enough to give me some of their drawings of their favorite kinds of weather to take with me. It reminds me of when I was in the second grade, and had a tornado drawn on every piece of paper I touched.