World Red Cross Day: Thank You!

world red cross day

May 8 is World Red Cross day. But I have learned that the Red Cross is so much more than just a disaster relief team. The Red Cross is part of a movement called the International Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day honors the 7 Principles of the Red Cross – Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity, and Universality.

The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement consists of more than 100 million volunteers and supporters in 189 National Societies. They collect and donate blood, they assist people in emergencies and disasters all over the world regardless of race, religion, or wealth, and that is only a fraction of the assistance they provide. They’re putting in the hard work right now in Nepal following the major earthquake that occurred nearly 2 weeks ago, just as they pitched in at Ground Zero on American soil the day the World Trade Centers fell.

We recently studied Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, during Women’s History Month (read more about that here). It wasn’t until tonight though, that I learned that the original movement began in Switzerland with Henry Dunant. Dunant wrote a book about the Red Cross concept, presented it at a conference with the Geneva Society for Public Welfare and several other European nations, and the Geneva Convention was soon signed creating a global society that assisted those in need. Clara Barton learned of this concept, and adopted the idea for America after seeing the soldiers being lost and wounded here during the Civil War. The Angel of the Battlefield began her work in 1861, and officially founded the American Red Cross in 1881. The U.S. Senate ratified the Geneva Convention a year later.

Today the Red Cross helps people every day. Whether they are delivering meals, collecting blood, or teaching others how to be prepared for an emergency, the Red Cross is making a difference in lives all over the globe.


Questions for Conversation

Are you prepared for an emergency? What emergency skills do you have?

Do you have an emergency/disaster plan with your family? If not, talk about how to develop one. Need help? Here is some guidance:

What could you do to help others during a disaster?


Resources and General Information


Emergency Preparedness for Kids

Click to access KidsPreparednessGuide.pdf

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7 Facts About Wind

7 facts about wind

We’re talking about weather in school right now and one of the things we’ll be spending some time on is wind. Just for fun, I put together a quick-fact sheet for my son so he can see different wind-related weather and how the storms are measured or categorized. Here’s the fact sheet in case you want to use it in your own studies: 7 Facts About Wind

In addition to our reading that I discussed in my previous post Wonderful Weather, I picked up the book Up in the Air by Wendy Madgwick from the library. It includes many wind and weather-related experiments to explore air and wind with balloons, bubbles, blocks and more. We’ll be learning about air pressure, compressed air, lift, and warm air versus cold air. Most of the experiments are easy, and require only a few materials. I’m excited to incorporate the activities into our week.

Finally, the website Weather Wiz Kids has a ton of great information, as well as links to lesson plans and other experiments you can do. From the home page, click on wind on the side bar and scroll to the bottom of the wind page to learn how to make a barometer, anemometer, windsock, pinwheel and other windy activities.

Here are some other fun books about weather that you might like:

Weather and Climate  Weather

Wonderful Weather

wonderful weather

We just started our science unit about weather. I love learning about weather so I’m looking forward to this unit. Our Science Fusion program only dedicates 3 or 4 lessons to the topic though, so I’m using a few additional materials to go along with our learning. To kick off the unit, we used a science experiment from our Magic School Bus Slime & Polymer Lab to make snow. Always a fun start, right?

When I went to craft store the other day to pick up supplies for making soap (for our study of colonial days) I found this super cool weather station for only $9.99. I was worried that it was going to be cheap, but I got it anyway, and I am pleasantly surprised. Once you assemble it, you can screw it onto a soda bottle, and you can screw it right off if you need to change bottles or want to try to use it without a bottle. It has a thermometer, an anemometer, a wind vane, and a compass, and it took a hit from the soccer ball today and remains in tact. We drew a table in our science notebook and are recording our weather observations daily. Inside the included manual it also offers a few different suggestions for studies and experiments.

weather station

weather station

science notebook


We’ll also be using our weather book from Scholastic. It has a lot of weird and wild weather inside, plus it comes with online bonus content which my son loves.

scholastic weather

What kind of activities do you do for your weather studies?