JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Local third graders are getting an inside look at the world of weather this year, all thanks to a recent change in the New Generation Science Standards for Arkansas and a proactive teacher at University Heights Intermediate School.
The new standards require that third-grade students study the weather extensively over the first nine weeks of school.
One classroom, however, will be taking their studies of the weather through the end of the school year.
Cindy Bell, a third-grade teacher at University Heights, plans on teaching her students how to use and gather data from weather instruments on a daily basis.
Bell also plans to use hands-on activities to give her third graders a better look at the science.
"We're going to be actually filming some of our own weather casts and predicting, according to the trends that we see, what we think what's going to happen in the future," said Bell. "And I think they're really going to enjoy that!"
Their predictions will come from data taken in a weather garden they plan to build just outside the school's doors.
Bell said they look forward to logging their data on a classroom weather blog and even plan to build tornado-safe shelters out of toothpicks to show students the strength of storms.
Cindy Bell already sees the kids' excitement as they begin to learn about the different weather tools.
She said she will keep the Region 8 Storm Team posted as they start to gather data.
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