Tornado Teacher Resources
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New Review How Do Tornadoes Form?
Take your students on a storm chasing adventure from the safety of the classroom with this short video on tornadoes. From powerful thunderstorms to swirling twisters, this resource explains the necessary conditions and process involved in the formation of these destructive forces of nature.
4 mins 6th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Tasty Tornado Lesson Plan
A tornado is a fascinating weather condition that can be very dangerous. Little ones will learn what they need to do to stay safe if a tornado hits, as well as explore the science of weather. The class will observe fruit in a blender, water going down the drain, and a flushing toilet as they discuss how a tornado works.
K - 1st Science CCSS: Designed
Is Tornado on your list of books to read with your class? If so, include this packet of worksheets to enrich the learning experience. This resource will elicit reader response, assist with prediction and character analysis, and facilitate the completion of a story frame.
4th - 6th English Language Arts
Hurricane and Weather Power Points
Providing a wealth of information about hurricanes, tornadoes, and other types of weather-related events, this resource could be used in the classroom in a variety of ways. A teacher could use the PowerPoints listed as a way to introduce topics ranging from the water cycle to Hurricane Katrina.
3rd - 6th Science
Readers build text-analysis skills by working through read and respond activities for the book, Tornado by Betsy Byars. This detailed plan provides worksheets and supports for thorough skill development. Using this resource will make guiding your class through this book a breeze!
2nd - 5th English Language Arts
Twister! What to Do in a Tornado
Where is "tornado alley," and what do you do in case a tornado comes your way? This lesson plan talks about tornadoes, where they are most common, and basic tornado safety. Although they most commonly occur up the middle of the United States, it's important for everyone to have a safety plan!
3rd - 6th Science
Tornadoes in the United States
Which state has the highest frequency of tornadoes? Use this chart and mapping activity to get your scholars discovering geographical trends as they analyze data and transfer it to a map. Learners practice creating a map to show the states with higher and lower tornado frequencies, and color code their maps.
5th - 7th Science
Using two 2-liter bottles, create the classic tornado tube. Once constructed, water swirling as it moves from one bottle to the other, forms a vortex due to the difference in pressure. You could either make one of these to keep in the classroom as a demonstration tool, or give the handout to learners who want to earn extra credit at home.
1st - 7th Science
Tornadoes, Lightning in Rare Video
A video from National Geographic features some scientists who chase storms of all kinds in the hope of gathering scientific information about them. Along with tornadoes, they also try to capture data on lightning storms and hail storms. Some of the best images and video footage of lightning strikes I've ever seen are present in this video.
7 mins 6th - 8th Science
Tornado Georeferencing - Whipping Down the Plane
Here's an introduction to georeferencing which uses a variety of polynominal equations to best align a nonspatially-registered dataset. High schoolers can explore and observe patterns of tornado touchdowns. Note: this activity is computer based.
9th - 11th Math
Massive Tornado in Missouri
The New York Times published an article on the tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri in 2011. Learners read the article then answer each of the 11 who, what, when, where, and why questions. Hint: This article and ones like it link to a student-driven blog, where pupils can respond to each others' posts on what they've read.
7th - 10th Social Studies & History
English Exercises: Listening about Tornadoes
Engage visual and auditory students with a 4-minute video on tornadoes, paired with a comprehension note and activity guide. Learners watch the video and then fill in 15 pieces of information in a chart; determine if 12 statements are true, false or not mentioned; and solve a 10-word crossword puzzle.
5th - 7th Science