Archive | May 11, 2016

Science – Extreme Weather Phenomena!

This term in Science we are learning about Extreme Weather Phenomena, studying volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, floods, cyclones, tornadoes, and bushfires. In each lesson, we will be looking at the causes, effects, and mitigation strategies for each type of extreme weather phenomena. This ties in with our Speaking and Listening task due next week, where students have been asked to write a speech about a type of extreme weather phenomena. So far we have learnt about volcanoes. While volcanoes are not caused by weather, they can change the atmosphere and are an uncommon occurrence that can alter local environments. They are incredibly fascinating! Here is a clip from Dr Binocs and his explanation of volcanoes:

Students also learnt about one of the most famous (or infamous) volcanoes of all time, Mount Vesuvius, which was responsible for the destruction of Pompeii almost 2000 years ago.Here is an animation that we watched in class that shows what the conditions were like on the day that Mount Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii.

For those of you at home who enjoy experiments and would like to create a friendly mini-volcano, head over to Scope and recreate their DIY (Do It Yourself) volcano experiment.     Volcano Experiment