The Weather Channel Virtual Field Trip – Tornadoes

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Tornadoes are violent and destructive, yet most people are fascinated by them. Topics such as safety and emergency preparedness are covered, in addition to hands-on activities like making a tornado in a bottle and plotting/mapping tornadoes on a US map. Studying severe weather is fun with a resource like this.  

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Invite a local meteorologist to come in and give a presentation on tornadoes
Classroom Considerations

  • A variety of materials are needed for the hands-on activity of creating a tornado 
  • Two different lessons are presented for 3-5 and 6-8 grades; both lessons for both groups can be combined and tailored to fit classroom needs
  • Provide graph paper and maps for the class before starting lesson
  • Lesson videos prompt you to sign up for a free Discovery Education account to view them
Pros

  • Aligns with Next Generation Science Standards
  • Resource is well written and engaging for students
Cons

  • None