How Do Tornadoes Form?

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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.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Watch this video during an earth science unit on weather
  • If showing the video during class, pause occasionally to clarify the content and respond to student questions
  • Break students into groups and have them create a series of posters illustrating the sequence of events leading to the formation of tornadoes
  • Use this resource in your flipped classroom, assigning the video and assessment as homework before holding a class discussion during the following class period
Pros

  • Video includes clear diagrams that demonstrate the concepts being explained by the narrator
  • Resource is formatted as a cartoon that engages students in learning the scientific content
  • TED-Ed allows teacher's to create customized lessons based on the video
Cons

  • None
NGSS