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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. To finish the lesson, they will make mini tornadoes with plastic water bottles. 
Students design a tornado-proof building. In this inquiry-based lesson, students demonstrate their knowledge of tornadoes and the damage they can cause by trying to design a building that can withstand a tornado.
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.
Learners study the classification system of tornadoes.  In this tornado lesson students make their own tornadoes in different mediums.
Third graders compare the parts of a real tornado with the parts of a tornado created in a demonstration, label "Tornado Alley" on their maps, and label the locations of famous tornado disasters on their maps.
Young scholars create a tornado in a bottle. In this climate and weather lesson plan, students review basic information about tornadoes and thunderstorms. Young scholars make a tornado in a bottle and write about what they learned from the project. Students discuss the seasons, how meteorologists make accurate weather predictions and the destructive forces caused by a tornado.
Students create tornado proof buildings.  In this weather lesson, students review tornadoes, discuss creation of tornado proof buildings, and learn about the Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity.  Students research tornado proof buildings, design one of these buildings and write a paragraph describing their design.
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.
Students complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Tornado Watch. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Students create a tornado in a bottle by using paper towels, a soda bottle, glitter, food dye, and more. In this tornado in a bottle lesson plan, students first read about tornadoes and how they are formed.
Students discuss the different types of tornadoes and how they form. Working in groups, they record journal entries by conducting experiments with water bottles simulating vortex formation.
Students explore tornadoes, the damage they cause, and how to rate tornadoes. They will investigate the Fujita Damage Scale of tornado intensity, and use it to complete a mock engineering analysis of damage caused by a tornado. Lastly, they will evaluate some basic tornado safety procedures.
Students study the basics about how tornadoes are formed, and where and when they are most likely to occur. They study the current research on tornadoes and explore how scientists are trying to predict them.
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. You will also find some excellent questions about each chapter. Graphic organizers help visual learners organize their thoughts. Beautiful!
Students examine the characteristics of a tornado. They practice using new vocabulary and participate in a question and answer session. They use the internet to gather more specific information.
Students examine the characteristics and types of tornadoes. They discuss how they are formed, conduct an experiment with two liter bottles, analyze data and determine mean and median, and design a house to withstand tornado-force winds
Looking for a presentation on tornadoes, and the area of our country known as "Tornado Alley?" Then, this presentation is for you! Students analyze data and answer questions related to the maps of Oklahoma and tracking data for tornadoes in 2003. The presentation has a many links to informative websites with related data about tornadoes.
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!
Where is "tornado alley," and what do you do in case a tornado comes your way? This instructional activity 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! 
Students create a tornado tube and compose a safety brochure for tornadoes. In this tornadoes lesson plan, students also use maps to approximate tornado alley, review a cloud chart, and devise a plan for action if a tornado hits.

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