TORNADO WARNING
This Topic Mini-Research & Literature Web Page was developed for Mrs. Amanda Roberts 3rd grade class at Ben Hill Elementary.  Designed by George A. Dierker Jr., a Valdosta State University Preservice Teacher.

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Have you ever seen a tornado?  Take a look at this video.  Click on link and scroll down to  tornado footage and click.  This is footage of an actual tornado video from FEMA. 
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Wonder how tornados are formed?  Well why don't we ask an expert Chris Kridler at Kidstorm facts.   Click on link and we shall find out how tornados are formed.
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Where would we be able to find one if we wanted to?  Why don't we ask The Tornado Chaser?  Someone who chases tornados should be able to locate them, right?
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OK, now that we have seen a tornado, learned how they are formed, and know where to find them.  What do we know about tornado safety?
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Have you wondered where the worst tornado in the  last twenty years  was?  Click on the following link to Spencer, South Dakota.  This tornado was one of the most devastating tornadoes in history.


STORMCHASER
by: George A. Dierker Jr.
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Congratulations!  You have just become a stormchaser.  This is your lucky day.  The local newspaper has bought a time machine and wants to send you back to May 30, 1998 to Spencer, South Dakota.  This was the site of one of the worst tornados in the last 20 years.  Your assignment is to cover the tornado and to write an article about the tornado.  The paper wants to know all about this tornado including pictures and drawings of the tornado.


Stormchaser Instructions
1.     First you need to click on the link Spencer, South Dakota.
2.     Read all information about the tornado that hit Spencer, South Dakota.
3.     Write a short newspaper article about the tornado, remember keep it                 interesting this is for a newspaper.
4.     Take and draw pictures of the tornado.
5.     Then submit article to
Mr. Dierker, the editor of the paper.



Topic Literature Activity

Tornado Alert by Franklyn Branley
Tornado Alert
by Franklyn Branley

Topic Literature Activity
A. tornado
   Have you ever seen a tornado?  Take a look at this video Click on link and scroll down to  tornado footage and click.  This is footage of an actual tornado video from FEMA.
B. four questions of understanding
1.What is a tornado?

2.What time of year are you likely to have a tornado?
3.What states are in Tornado Alley?
4.What should you do if you are in a car and a tornado hits?
C. critical thinking questions
1.  Of all the natural disasters, which do you think is the most destructive?  Why?
2.  If you seen a tornado what would you do?



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