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Stormy Skies    Mystery 4

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

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Beginning Exploration (1 of 6)
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Beginning Exploration (2 of 6)

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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Design a Windproof House

In this activity, students work in pairs to create houses sturdy enough to survive a strong wind. In homeschool environments, individual students can do this on their own.

Step 1: Get supplies and print handouts

Each student needs:

Each pair of students needs:

  • 1 blank sheet of paper
  • 6 toothpicks
  • 4 paper clips
  • 2 dot stickers
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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity and exploration you just completed.
  • End-of-Mystery 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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Readings

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