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StormTracker School Lessons for Students, Educators

We're compiling a list of science activities kids can do at home.

ATLANTA — Every weekday the 11Alive StormTrackers give a short lesson on weather and the science related to it. We hope this is something kids can enjoy with their schoolwork or provide additional resources to teachers who are on a weather unit.

New lessons will be added to this page daily and you can watch them live on the 11Alive Facebook around 11am.

Lessons and Experiments

Watch vs Warning: What's the difference and why they're important to know

Rainbows: What is a rainbow, we'll show you how to make one inside

Cloud Types: The main types of clouds and what they mean

Tornadoes: How tornadoes form and how you can stay safe during a tornado warning

Temperature: What is "temperature?  We show you how to make your own thermometer

Click here for full instructions

Pressure and Humidity Make your own Barometer to measure pressure and Hygrometer to measure humidity.

Click here for full instructions

Wind: What the wind direction means and how to make a wind vane

Let’s talk about the wind! We’re going to make a Windvane in storm tracker school!

Posted by 11Alive on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Make your own rain gauge

Posted by 11Alive on Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Lightning:  How it forms and how to stay safe from it

Tornado in a bottle/jar: Here are 3 different ways to make a tornado at home

Full instructions here

How does hail form?  We explain the process of the growing balls of ice

Full explanation here

Today we have a risk of severe storms, some of which could make hail fall from the sky! Join us in 11Alive StormTracker School as we talk about how hail forms!

Posted by 11Alive on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Weather myths and folklore: From Groundhog day to Woolly Worms!

Time to bust some myths in this lesson of StormTracker School with Meteorologist Wes Peery 11Alive - WesWeather

Posted by 11Alive on Thursday, April 9, 2020

Severe weather categories: What the 5 levels of severe risk mean

11Alive StormTracker school is in session. Today we are talking about the risk of severe weather and what the convective outlook levels actually mean! Weather school is about to start! Today we are talking about the risk of severe weather and what the convective outlook levels actually mean!

Posted by 11Alive on Tuesday, April 7, 2020


Scattered light:  Why the sky is blue, sunsets and sunrises are red

Time for StormTracker School with Meteorologist Chesley McNeil 11Alive

Posted by 11Alive on Monday, April 6, 2020

Chemical reactions and weather: Why leaves change color, the colors behind fireworks, and smog formation

Time for StormTracker School! We’re talking about chemistry and weather

Posted by 11Alive on Thursday, April 16, 2020

Microbursts: What are they and how do they form

It is time for StormTracker school with Samantha Mohr 11Alive. Today’s lesson: How does the national weather service tornado survey team determine the difference between tornado and microburst damage? https://bit.ly/2yg8RIQ

Posted by 11Alive on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Making a glider  Need something fun to do with the kids? How about making gliders (paper airplanes)? There is also a lesson behind them as well. Here it is. Have fun

How soap works Washing your hands is one of the best way to protect yourself against the Coronavirus. Here's the science behind the experiment that is going around on the web.

Indoor rainbow Time for another at-home experiment. This time we are making indoor rainbows. Really simply and easy. Have fun, and you may learn something before it's done! 


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