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Donna H. Bowman, Columnist  

As a newspaper journalist and columnist Donna enjoyed covering a variety of topics. Here is one of her favorite articles written for her monthly column--this one is about severe weather. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________
Donna H. Bowman, Columnist 
Dawson Community News
Monthly Column
6/06


HOMESCHOOLING
TIPS, TRIPS AND TITLES


There are approximately two million homeschoolers in the United States. It’s considered the fastest growing form of education today. The Dawson Community News is a strong believer that education is critical for the future success of our county. This monthly column offers suggestions to help homeschoolers, or anyone interested in learning. Suggestions include a variety of helpful “tips”, advanced notice of events for field “trips”, and favorite book “titles”.

Summertime heat produces dramatic storm activity. Weather, its related dangers, and safety precautions are not only interesting — they’re important to study. Be sure you and your children understand threatening weather, what to watch and listen for, and discuss safety plans. (See “Bolts of Fire” article for more safety tips.)

KIDS CHALLENGE
Question: If you are inside your home during stormy weather and the storm makes the sound of a train coming, where should you run for safety?
A. Outside
B. To the basement or inside a closet; away from outside walls
C. Under your bed
(Answer is revealed at the end of this article.)

TIPS
A windsock can help children study wind activity; it’s also a fun craft to build! Parental supervision is necessary.

Supplies Needed
•    A cylindrical, cardboard oatmeal box
•    Scissors
•    Construction paper
•    Glue
•    Crepe paper streamers
•    String or yarn
•    Hole punch

What to Do
•    Cut the bottom off the oatmeal box.
•    Cut shapes (of birds, flowers, etc.) out of colored paper and glue to uncut piece of construction paper for decoration.
•    Glue decorated construction paper to the box.
•    Cut crepe paper streamers and glue or staple them to the bottom of the windsock.
•    Punch four holes along the top of the windsock.
•    Cut two pieces of string 12 inches long. Tie one end of each string to the windsock; tie the strings’ other end to the opposite hole.
•    Cut another piece of string 15 inches long and tie to previous strings. Use the longest string to hang the windsock from your window or porch.

TRIP
The Weather Channel

The Weather Channel offers online, virtual tours (physical tours are unavailable).
Go to . . . http://weatherclassroom.com. Click on ‘For Students’, then ‘Behind the Scenes’. This web site is a wonderful resource for several weather related student activities.

TITLES / Younger Readers     
Title: “Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll” Let's-Read-and-Find-out Science Books Series
Author: Franklyn M. Branley
Illustrator: True Kelley
Publisher: HarperTrophy

“Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll” is great for teaching children about rain, lightening, thunder, and how to stay safe.  It also includes two simple weather experiments including how to make a cloud and rain gauge.  Knowledge of storms and safety can help diminish fear.

TITLES / OLDER READERS
Title: “National Audubon Society First Field Guides: Weather”
Author: Jonathan D.W. Kahl
Publisher: Scholastic

Beautiful, color photographs accompany Jonathan Kahl’s explanations of a variety of weather conditions from snowstorms to hurricanes. Kahl also includes facts on a variety of phenomena including atmosphere, avalanches, floods, drought, rainbows, and much more. Students can even put their new knowledge to work by making a weather station and conducting experiments.  

PARENTS TEACHING CHILDREN
Title: “Basic Essentials: Weather Forecasting”
Author: Michael Hodgson
Publisher: Globe Pequot

What do different cloud formations tell us? How does geography affect weather? Learn what causes storms as well as what to notice about shifting weather patterns. Practical safety tips are also included. Outside activities are an enjoyable part of the summer — you’ll appreciate having advanced knowledge of what the weather is likely to do next.  

‘KIDS CHALLENGE’ ANSWER  
B. To the basement or inside a closet; away from outside walls.

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