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But that's not all. Check out the introductory video that explains why we created the Fuddlebrook School Science Series.
Enjoy these “colorful” rain drops by making your own rain shower in a cup.
Watch as our budding young artists have a blast creating their own masterpieces with a little help from magnets, too.
Off in the distance, you hear a soft rumble of thunder. Soon fat raindrops hit the ground. Then the wind picks up and rain slashes at the windows. Lightning flashes and thunder booms. Nature is at it again! In the book A Spring Thunderstorm, the students in Mrs. Wigglebum’s class learn about storms, thunder, and lightning, and the dangers that can be associated with these weather occurrences. Two of the most important ingredients for thunderstorm formation are unstable air and moisture.
Thunderstorms can occur year-round and at all hours. But they are most likely to happen in the spring and summer months and during the afternoon and evening hours. It is estimated that there are around 1,800 thunderstorms that occur across our planet every day. Every thunderstorm has lightning (which is what makes the thunder sound).
Since spring is a prime time for storms, take advantage of this teachable moment. Watch our video and make your own spring shower. Read the Fuddlebrook book, A Spring Thunderstorm, to learn more about storms and the dangers associated with them.
Here are some other teaching ideas:
Learn about cumulonimbus clouds (thunderheads) as well as other types of clouds, too. What types of weather does each indicate?
Crunch on a Wint ‘O Green Lifesaver® and make a lightening storm in your mouth! All you need is a mint, a mirror, and a dark room. Explain the science behind this and how it mimics lightening.
Research the inventions of Benjamin Franklin, including the lightening rod. How did he prove lightening was electricity?
Thousands of years ago philosophers such as Aristotle believed that thunder was caused by the collision of clouds. Research the role of thunder and lightning in mythology as well.
Fulminology is the term used to describe the study of lightning. Learn about types of lightning. For example, Green Elves, Red Sprites, and Blue Jets are three different types of high altitude lightning.
Discuss safety procedures in the event of a thunderstorm.
While we may experience spring thunderstorms or other extreme weather, know we’ve got it good compared to others. The worst thunderstorm area in the world is Kampala, the capital of Uganda. Kampala has an average of 240 days with thunderstorms every year
And, just as storms can pop up, they also often quickly end. Read A Spring Thunderstorm to discover the surprise that awaits Herman after the clouds disappear. Have a happy and safe spring!
There’s just something about the month of March. Maddening, temperamental, teasing March. The flowers and trees are beginning to put on a colorful show, the days are warmer and longer, and the Earth seems to want to burst with new life. Read the Fuddlebrook story A Change of Season to learn why we have the different seasons (at least in our part of the world).
March can be fickle, though. It can be warm one day and cold the next. We can see thunderstorms and highs approaching 80 one day and the next day we have snow showers—maybe even a blizzard! So no doubt March is moody. However, the most noticeable and consistent weather factor in March seems to be the strong winds. Every other day it seems the weather forecasters are calling for a “breezy/gusty/windy” day. Why does March seem so windy compared to other months out of the year?
It’s all about the transition. We are heading out of the cold short days of winter into the longer and much warmer days of spring and summer. Cold air is situated north while warm air is trying to approach from the south. While the wind can be irritating sometimes, read A Big Gust of Wind to learn about how important wind can be too.
Finally we’d be remiss not to talk about the colors of spring. Liza’s Colorful Tale teaches us about primary, secondary, and tertiary colors. The activity Liza’s Rainbow is fun for St. Patrick’s Day. A sunny day will supply the “rainbow,” now what about the leprechaun’s pot of gold? But that’s not the only fun Fuddlebrook color activity. Our experiment and video features Herman’s Colorful Magnetic Artwork from A Case of Attraction. Watch as the kiddos have blast creating their own artistic masterpiece with a little help from magnets too.
Let’s face it. March is just chock full of “teachable moment” fun days (Dr. Seuss’s birthday, St.Patrick’s Day, first day of Spring, and Pi Day just to name a few.) So grab your Fuddlebrook books and celebrate this crazy transition month with great stories and fun science activities.
This new series marvelously succeeds in introducing young students to inquiry-based, experiential learning of scientific concepts that are age-appropriate. Moreover, students have the opportunity to explore story-based scientific concepts further through hands-on investigations.
--Teresa, Biology Ph.D; former elementary teacher, Springfield, MO
The thing I love most about the Fuddlebrook series is the connection aspect. Not only have the creators connected literacy and science, they have also provided opportunity for exploration of all areas of life. The dispositions and traits of the characters are consistent throughout the books and lead to discussions about friendship, bullying, loyalty, honesty, and humility. Fuddlebrook is "teaching the whole child by connecting to life."
--Carolyn, First Grade Teacher, Ozark, MO