Introduction and Summary
The book Tornadoes was written by Gail Gibbons and provides information to students about their formation, how they are classified from one another, historical and safety information if one were to occur where they live.
“The word Tornado comes from the Spanish word tronada meaning ‘thunderstorm’. It is raining hard, the winds are strong. The sky is dark. Suddenly a twisting column of moist air reaches down from a cloud and touches the ground. It makes a loud, roaring sound. It is a tornado!”
This book can assist teachers and students on identification of cumulonimbus clouds and learning about severe weather situations. It goes on to explain how tornadoes are formed and then goes into the classification of these storms utilizing Fujita Tornado Scale system. It shows what the projected aftermath would be based on each storm time and provides an estimated range of wind speeds per classification. This book also provides a lot of vocabulary terms relevant to fourth grade science. Terms like temperature, condensation, updrafts and downdrafts are defined to name a few. The book also provides safety tips to follow if a person was ever in a situation where a tornado was taking place. (VA SOL 4.6 a, b, and c.)
- FEMA For Kids: Intensity Scales : This website from FEMA provides information relating to the different intensity scales Saffir Simpson Scale and the Fujita Intensity Scale.
- ProTeacher: Yes Mag Projects: Students with the materials provided will create a tornado vortex out of two liter drink bottles.
- Lesson #2: Tornado Lab Report: Activity worksheets and the ability to create another type of vortex.