NEW 2015 RESOURCES
Tornadoes Theme Page
Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which supplement the study of
tornadoes. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational
resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of
information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information,
content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links
to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction
in this theme.
General Tornadoes Resources
Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to tornadoes. Please read our disclaimer.
Comprehensive Glossary of Weather Terms for Storm Spotters
- This glossary contains weather-related terms that may be either heard or
used by severe local storm spotters or spotter groups.
Weather On Demand
- A graphic intensive site showing satellite and radar weather pictures for
North America. At this page, you can choose detailed, current weather images
of Canada. The StormWatch button at the top of the page is for the US only.
- "The Fujita Scale (also known as the Fujita-Pearson Scale) is used to rate
the intensity of a tornado by examining the damage caused by the tornado after
it has passed over a man-made structure." The page also has many links to
Heat is On! Creating Weather Emergency Guides in the Science Classroom
- In this lesson plan, grade 6-12 students research severe weather conditions
common to their geographic location and create weather emergency guides for
extreme weather conditions such as tornadoes, floods, blizzards, thunderstorms
and hurricanes. They use a New York Times article as a starting point for
- The purpose of this site is to educate the public, spotters, and chasers
of the subject of tornadoes. The site includes tornado history, photos, videos,
forecasts, nowcasts, preparation, and much more. Check out their kidspage
and safety links.
Weather Related Sites
- A meta-list of sites related to severe weather.
- Part of Scientific American's site, this page has descriptive information
about Supercells, Tornado Chasing, Signature of a Vortex, Spinning Up, and
- This instructional unit is part of the "Science With OAR" web site developed
by the University of South Alabama. It consists of explanatory sections on
tornadoes, student activity assignments, and links to other external tornado
sites where students can collect the data to answer the questions.
Going Around in Circles
- Sponsored by the National Institute for Science Education, this site provides
answers the following questions: What are tornadoes?; Where does a twister
get all that energy?; How to protect yourself when a tornado is close?; and
How does a twister affect the natural landscape? Get the answers to these
questions, then take the "twisted test".
in a Bottle
- A lesson plan for grades 3-5 that lets them create a vortex in a bottle.
- A meta-list of sites from USA Today. It has links to resources on tornado
safety, tornado science, tornado research, tornado chasing and more....
Tornado Project On-line
- A page of resources from a small group who collects, compiles and makes
tornado information available. This site specializes in tornado myth, tornado
oddities, personal experiences, tornado chasing, tornado safety, and tornadoes
from the past.
- This is the starting point for a virtual field trip on tornadoes from Tramline.
Experts in the subject have selected a number of web sites on tornadoes and
arranged them in a sequence to tell a story for students to follow. Students
can move from one web stop in the field trip to the next with ample opportunity
to explore within the individual web site as they wish. However, since their
web browser page has been split into an inner part (showing that stop in the
field trip) and an outer part (giving navigational tools to go through the
entire field trip), they can always return to their "tram" and go to the next
stop. To be effective, teachers would have to ensure that student browsing
through the field trip sites was purposeful. Teacher guides can be printed.
TORRO Tornado Intensity Scale
- This Scale is used to categorize windspeeds in tornadoes. From the following
list, learn about the criteria used to rate the tornado's windspeed: viewing
the damage caused, engineering analysis of the damage caused, Doppler radar,
photogrammetric analysis, and direct measurement.
- TrackStar is an online interface which allows instructors to create lessons
for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various web sites
within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within
one web site then move on to the next topic at another web site. The list
of topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain
on track. Explorations of the web sites beyond the designated instructional
content are also possible.
This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "tornadoes"
will produce numerous hits. Caution #1: Many of the web sites that these
lessons access may already be on this CLN page - it's the creation of lesson
objectives and the sequencing of the tours through the sites that make the
lesson potentially useful to your students. Caution #2: The quality of the
lessons (e.g., definining objectives, finding web sites, sequencing the
tours) will vary widely within the TrackStar collection.
- Grades 4-10 lesson plan using 2 - 2 litre bottles to create a tornado in
Unraveling the Secrets
- The story of an expanding tornado and its resulting consequences are set
in a story plot similar to a mystery novel. The authors begin the mystery
with a description of some of the events and facts. Then they lead the reader
through information that helps them understand and possibly solve why the
tornado occurred. There are two versions available, Java enhanced (slow downloading)
and low band width.
- A weather unit complete with many primary class lesson plans integrated
into all subjects areas.
is a Tornado?
- A detailed essay describing various characteristics of tornadoes with accompanying
photos. Part of its purpose is to dispell misconceptions about tornadoes.
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