We began our first visit by watching short video clips about tornadoes and storm chasers. It was interesting to see tornadoes up close, but we all agreed that storm chasing looked like dangerous work! After watching the videos, we then turned to Do Tornadoes Really Twist?, a nonfiction selection about tornadoes written by Melvin and Gilda Berger. This nonfiction book was organized as a series of questions and answers. The organization of the book made it perfect for students to browse through and focus on the questions they believed were most interesting.
Students got to work looking for some tornado facts from our book.
|Reading through Do Tornadoes Really Twist?|
Once students found an interesting fact, they recorded it on their organizer. Students made sure to find a great fact to write down because we were later going to share these facts with our classmates.
|Finding tornado facts using nonfiction.|
Students then illustrated what they would hope to find within their own tornado!
The students then sharpened their public speaking skills by sharing their facts with their classmates. All students did an excellent job explaining the fact they recorded.
|Students shared their tornado facts with their classmates.|
Here are the beautiful finished products. Mrs. Leavoy's class did wonderful work on this short research project!
|Tornado research by Logan|
|Tornado research by Vincent|
|Tornado research by David|
|Tornado research by Nick|
|Tornado research by Jasmine|
|Tornado research by Hannah|
|Tornado research by Evan|
Here are the students posing with their completed work:
|The students with their finished products!|
Next week we will be continuing our weather discussion with a very silly story: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs!