By Donald M. Silver and Patricia J. Wynne
Did you know that a tornado, also known as a twister, is the most violent of all storms? Create a tornado spiral mobile to see what gets caught up in a twister!
This interactive manipulative features simple text and realistic art. Includes background information, easy how-tos, extension activities, and print and Web resources. A great way to introduce children to science and nonfiction!
Tornado AlleyTornadoes are most frequent in parts of the United States known as “Tornado Alley.” Bring in a copy of The Wizard of Oz and read aloud the description of the storm that lifts Dorothy’s house. It is referred to as a cyclone, which is another name for a tornado. (Note: To meteorologists, a cyclone is an area of low pressure.) Point out that Dorothy and her family live in Kansas, which is in “Tornado Alley.” Invite students to research what other states are considered part of “Tornado Alley” and draw of map of them!