- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
- Series: Weatherwise
- Library Binding: 48 pages
- Publisher: Lerner Publications (September 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0822575361
- ISBN-13: 978-0822575368
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 0.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,587,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lightning, Hurricanes, and Blizzards: The Science of Storms (Weatherwise) Library Binding – September 1, 2010
About the Author
"Paul Fleisher has spent his working life as an educator and writer. His books for young people cover a variety of science, ecology and natural history subjects. He has also written several widely-used classroom activity books on thinking games, social activism, and creative writing.
Paul currently works as an adjunct professor in the school of education at Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as assistant to the director of the Richmond Peace Education Center. He also teaches classes in writing at the University of Richmond. Prior to taking early retirement in 2005, he taught gifted elementary and middle school students in the Richmond, Virginia Public Schools for almost 30 years. During that time, he helped develop numerous interdisciplinary instructional units on topics including Humor, Justice, Engineering and Design and The Art and Science of Music. Paul was in the vanguard of teaching educational technology in Richmond Public Schools, teaching computer programming and web design to his students. He has offered workshops on team-building, thinking games, teaching writing, and other topics at educational conferences for many years.
Paul remains an activist for peace and social justice. He currently serves on the boards of the Virginia Forum and the Virginia Museum of Natural History. He has also served terms on the Virginia Education Association's Fitz Turner Commission for Human and Civil Rights, and the Virginia Chapter of the ACLU. In 1988 Paul received the Virginia Education Association Award for Peace and International Relations and in 1999 he was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Natural Science Education.
It is Paul's great good fortune to be married to educator Debra Sims Fleisher, who has taught him much of what he knows about working in a classroom, as well as how to live as a more decent human being. In his spare time Paul is an avid gardener, cook, and reader."
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After you read about the four Cs, you will get a crash course in many facets of natural phenomenon that create weather you see or hear about. Examples of such phenomenon include air pressure, air masses, fronts (warm, cold, occluded, and stationary), zones, the thermal, currents, and you'll learn several other interesting facts that will help you understand how weather works. Once you have a basic understanding of these concepts, you'll be able to take a closer look at lightning, hurricanes, and blizzards. This book also gives you a glimpse at ice storms, dust storms, sand storms, dust devils, and water spouts. Did you know that there was a massive sandstorm in 2001 that "covered an area larger than the state of California?" You'll just have to read the book to find out where it was.
Thunderstorms are storms that many young people have experienced, but may know little about. A careful look at exactly how these storms form and many interesting facts about them make for a very fascinating read. After learning about how these storms are produced you'll learn about lightning. For example, one very interesting fact is that "Lighting bolts seem to strike in an instant. But they actually move in steps." They give off "tremendous heat" and the air in a lightning channel can reach an unfathomable 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit. This entire process is spelled right out in language you can understand. Similarly, you will learn fascinating facts about tornados, hurricanes and blizzards.
This book will excite the young student who is fascinated by weather phenomenon and wants to know more about it. The writing was very clear, concise, and easy for the average student to understand without dumbing down any of the concepts. What I especially liked were the diagrams that accompanied the discussion of certain topics. For example, when lightning bolts were discussed, a three-stage diagram showed the process of a stepped leader and illustrates how a flash of lighting is created. The material is presented in such a way that it is almost exciting to read about and learn how storms are formed. There are numerous informative sidebars scattered throughout the book that add a lot to the text. The student can read detailed information about such things as the Fujita Scale, the Enhanced Fujita (EF) Scale, and the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. In the back of the book is an index, a glossary, a selected bibliography, and additional recommended book and website resources to explore.