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Nature’s Most VIOLENT storm Teacher’s InformationBy: Heather Pottorff
What you will learn!!How and why tornadoes occurHow strong tornadoes can be
Who is this for? Grades 3-5 with minimum prior knowledge of tornadoes, in the classroom.HOME Slide
How are the student’s going to be working?•As a class, or in small groups.•In the classroom, on the computers.•Group work, as a class, or in discussion.
Objectives After the students view the PowerPoint, they will be able to recognize the causes of tornadoes, and how powerful they can be. The students will take a quiz at the end of the PowerPoint to test their knowledge and understanding of the lesson. Student’s will need to score a 10 out of 10 (100%) on the quiz in order to pass.HOME Slide
Today, students, you are going to use the computers to gothrough a PowerPoint about tornadoes. After you complete thePowerPoint, you will then take a 10 question quiz over thematerial presented in the PowerPoint.
Definition: A tornado is a violent, dangerous,rotating column of air that is in contact with boththe surface of the earth and a cumulonimbus cloudor, in rare cases, the base of a cumulus cloud.
How do tornadoes form?
1. Air starts to rotate when the wind is at 2 differentaltitudes, blowing at different speeds.2. Faster spins (rotates) make a funnel cloud.3. The funnel cloud rotates and touches down. Rain and hail fromthe storm makes the funnel touch the ground.1 2 3
How do we know how strong a tornado is?
A tornado is rated on a Fujita Scale, rating a tornado between F-0 to F-5 (F-0 meaning not bad, F-5 meaning very bad)They rate based on the tornadoes wind speed as well as damage done.
F-0 to F-1 tornadoes
“F-0 to F-1 tornadoes can collapse chimneys, tossmobile homes off their foundation, and have thestrength to push cars off the road.”
F-2 to F-3 tornadoes
“Tornadoes can tear away roofs and liftand toss heavy cars.”
F-4 to F-5 tornadoes
“F-4 to F-5 tornadoes have the strength to pick up and carryentire buildings an entire distance, toss steal beams, andcrunch cars. These tornadoes are very rare but are responsiblefor 2/3 of tornado deaths in the United States every year.”
Now let’s learn… FUN FACTS About Tornadoes!!
NEAT FACTS!!!!1. They can go 300mph!2. Their damage paths can be one mile wide, and up to 50 miles long.3. Each year on average 1000 tornadoes occur!4. We are safer in a room with no windows when a tornado occurs.5. The sound of a tornado siren (click on the siren icon) Siren
Now that you have learned all about tornadoes and whythey occur, you now can go home and tell your familieswhat you should do if a tornado occurs. You can tell themwhy they occur and how dangerous they can be.
QUIZ TIME!!!It’s time to check what you have learned
Quiz Directions:1. Read both the question and all answers before answering.2. Pick the answer you think is correct!3. Good Luck!
1. What is a tornado? A Flower B Thunderstorm C Dangerous rotating column of air D Rain
CORRECT! Nice Work! It is a Dangerous rotating column of air!
Oops, Sorry wrong answerHint: They can be very dangerous.
2. On average, how many tornadoes occur nation wide each year? A 100 B 1,000 C 10,000 D 100,000
CORRECT! Nice Work! There are 1,000 tornadoes occurring nation wide each year!
Oops, Sorry wrong answerHint: There is a lot but not a ton!
3. What instrument is used to rate a tornado? A Rader B Thermometer C Scale D Fujita Scale
CORRECT! Nice Work! You are right, it is a Fujita Scale!
Opps, Sorry wrong answerHint: It is a certain type of scale.
4. What should we do if we had a tornado while atschool? A Run B Go to the neighbors a Go to a room with no windows C D Continue with class
CORRECT! Nice Work! You should go to a room with no windows!
Oops, Sorry wrong answerHint: We don’t want to be around glass!
5. How do tornadoes form? A Rain B Lightning a Air starts to rotate due to different wind speeds C D By a windy day
CORRECT! Nice Work! Air starts to rotate due to different wind speeds!
Opps, Sorry wrong answerHint: Air starts to rotate.
6. Can a tornado touch the ground? A Yes B No
CORRECT! Nice Work! Yes, tornadoes can touch the ground!
Oops, Sorry wrong answerHint: It is not no!
7. A tornado is ranked based on what factor? A Wind B Wind speed and damage done a Rain C D Damage
CORRECT! Nice Work!A tornado is ranked based on wind speed and damagedone!
Oops, Sorry wrong answerHint: Two things are ranked!
8. What is a tornadoes largest damage paths? A 1 mile wide, 50 miles long B 3 miles wide, 10 miles long a 5 miles wide, 10 miles long C D 50 miles wide, 1 mile long
CORRECT! Nice Work! Tornadoes damage paths are 1 mile wide, 50 miles long!
Opps, Sorry wrong answerHint: It can’t be that wide, but it can be reallylong.
9. How fast can tornadoes travel? A 150 mph B 300 mph a 50 mph C D 100 mph
CORRECT! Nice Work! They can go as fast as 300 mph!
Oops, Sorry wrong answerHint: It can go really fast.