Tessa is terrified of the possibility of being in a tornado. Living in Missouri, there's usually at least one that touches down in the vicinity each season. After this unit on storms, I think she's a little more confident now that she understands them better...and, what to do if there is one. She doesn't seem quite so scared now. We'll see. Storm season is just around the corner!
- Read Flash, Crash, Rumble, and Roll by Franklyn M. Branley.
- Read The Storm Book by Charlotte Zolotow.
- Completed The Mailbox Investigating Weather, Grades 1-3 "Storms: Lightning Safety" (page 28). (We completed this orally instead of using it as a writing assignment.)
- Completed The Mailbox Investigating Weather, Grades 1-3 "Storms: A Thunderstorm Is Building" (page 27).
- Completed The Mailbox Investigating Weather, Grades 1-3 "Storms: A Few Words About Weather" (page 27).
- Watched Bill Nye the Science Guy: Storms DVD by Disney.
- Read Tornadoes! by Gail Gibbons.
- Looked at pictures and read excerpts from Tornado!: The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning, and Spiraling Storms by Judy Fradin.
- Read Otis and the Tornado by Loren Long.
- Completed The Mailbox Investigating Weather, Grades 1-3 "Storms: A Twister in a Jar" (page 29). (This experiment didn't really work for us. I did use a larger bottle and doubled the "recipe," so perhaps that's why. We also completed the tornado-in-a-bottle demonstration featured on the Bill Nye DVD mentioned above. That one was really cool and worked like a charm.)
- Read Hurricanes! by Gail Gibbons.
- Read Hurricane by David Wiesner.
- Completed The Mailbox Investigating Weather, Grades 1-3 "Storms: In the Eye of the Storm" (page 28). (We had a hard time with this demonstration too. I couldn't get it to work at all when the string was attached to the ruler. I couldn't move the paperclip into the eye fast enough without it spinning around and around. After holding the string with the paperclip just so with one hand and briskly stirring the water with the other, I was able to get it to work. It took me many tries to get it just right, though.)