These classroom activities are designed to complement the Fast Land Changes topic on BrainPOP Jr.
Storms can form out at sea and travel to land. But most storms dwindle away and never make it to land. The National Weather Service, various weather sites, and many local television and radio stations track storms and record how they move. Track a storm together and follow its path. Which direction is it moving? How strong are the winds? Where do you think the storm is going? How do you think scientists can track storms?
If possible, organize a fundraiser to help raise money or collect donated items to support disaster recovery. You may wish to hold a fundraiser or donation drive in response to a specific emergency, or you may want to hold an event during the year so you can donate before an emergency occurs. Your event will provide funds and needed items which will enable emergency relief organizations to react quicker.
Have your students research volcanic islands. Many can be found in the Ring of Fire, the area in the Pacific Ocean where many tectonic plates meet. Research pictures online. How are these islands different from other islands? What are the characteristics of volcanic islands? Would your students like to live on one? You may want to compare the Hawaiian Islands with islands like Sicily or Greenland or even Great Britain. How are they alike and different? Have students present their findings to the class. Some may want to give a PowerPoint presentation or slideshow, draw posters, or create guidebooks.