How do thunderstorm form? Is it just 1 or 2 quick, easy steps? Not exactly. In this lesson, students will create a graphic organizer consisting of a step-by-step sequence of every step of thunderstorm development. Arrows separate statements to show how one thing leads to another.
This thunderstorm lesson is one your visual and artistic students will love.
This 3-part lesson goes through:
-1. The beginning stage of a thunderstorm, showing how it forms, then onto
-2. The middle stage where things with the thunderstorm are in full swing, and concludes with
-3. The ending stage where the thunderstorm loses steam and dies
By the time your students are done, they’ll have a very good understanding of how thunderstorms work.
In stage 1 of thunderstorms warm air rises and forms a cumulous cloud. Once that happens, energy is released when water condenses. That causes air motion to increase. The thunderstorm has now begun forming!
In stage 2 of thunderstorm formation vapor crystals form at the top because it’s so cold, and eventually the crystals get large enough that they fall down, pulling some of the cumulous cloud with them. The thunderstorm is now getting stronger, and that creates a downdraft. Heavy rain and hail begin to fall from the thunderstorm.
Finally, in stage 3, the thunderstorm ends. The strong downdraft in the thunderstorm from falling crystals spreads, keeping warm air from going up (which was fueling the thunderstorm), and the thunderstorm ends.
Feel free to make any changes you like to the thunderstorms PowerPoint to make it match your book, which would make thunderstorms more understandable to your students.
Key terms: thunderstorm, humidity, cumulous cloud, crystals, vapor, downdraft, rain, hail, storm