How can you keep a house from blowing away in a windstorm?

How can you keep a house from blowing away in a windstorm?

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DISCUSS (1 of 2):

Do you have strong winds where you live?

Have you ever experienced a natural hazard like a tornado, hurricane, or dust storm?

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DISCUSS (2 of 2):

What kind of problems do you think strong winds cause?

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DISCUSS:

How could you protect your house during a windstorm?

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Extensions

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  • Lesson Assessment and Answer Key
  • Readings: Two books that show how houses are built and where wind really comes from.
  • Video: This unique dome-shaped house is built to survive huge hurricanes.
  • Activity: Things fly through the air all the time during a tornado or a hurricane. Does this mean nothing is in the air on normal days? This activity explores this question.
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Activity Prep

Print Prep

In this lesson, students explore the effects of natural hazards, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and dust storms. In the activity, Design a Windproof House, students build paper house models. Then, using limited materials, students design multiple solutions that will make their houses sturdy enough to survive a wind storm, and compare the merits of their solutions.

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COVID-19 Adaptations
Students can work solo
Digital worksheets available
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Students need a printout

Students at home
Each student needs: 1 piece of paper, 6 toothpicks, 5 paper clips, 4 stickers and the Paper House Model and the Windmaker printouts (printed). Students also need the Design a Windproof House worksheet (printed or digital).
Students at school
How to adjust the supply list so students can work solo: Double the number of paper clips, stickers, toothpicks and pieces of paper.

Exploration

18 mins

Wrap-Up

2 mins

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