Science is a new way to teach middle school science. It is an
award-winning, standards-based program in which newsworthy events
establish the relevance of science topics; authentic tasks create the
need-to-know more about those topics; and lively interviews,
photographs, Web pages, and inquiry-based science activities create a
desire to know more about those topics.
Tornado! is an Event-Based Science
module about weather. It uses the 1994 Palm Sunday tornado that struck
the Goshen United Methodist Church in Piedmont, Alabama, to establish
the context for exploring weather concepts. Tornado! places your students in one of six different
National Weather Service Forecast Offices in the Midwest. As the staff
of the forecast office, students acquire then use their knowledge about
tornadoes, high and low pressure systems, fronts, weather radar, and
dew point to track a developing severe weather situation. When
conditions worsen, your students will record, then broadcast emergency
warnings to their surrounding communities.
with all Event-Based Science modules, much of the information that
students need to complete the task is provided in the pages of Tornado!.
However, your students will do a better job if they have information
about the communities around their weather stations. They will also get
a better feel for what it's like to work in a forecast office if they
see real-time warnings as they are posted by the weather service.
some World-Wide Web sites where these kinds of information are
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way to engage your students in the topic of tornadoes is to have them
support families who were directly affected by a recent tornado. Begin
your search for ways to help with these two organizations:
(Links are checked monthly. They
were working on the date of the last update.)
Current Weather Warnings This site posts all
severe weather warnings that are currently in effect throughout the
United States. The wording of these announcements will help you word
the warnings you "broadcast" to the areas surrounding your forecast
Tornado Data by State This site presents a
chart of the average number of tornadoes, and tornado deaths for each
state from 1961 to 1990. It also reports the number of tornadoes per
10,000 square miles for each state.
Today's Weather Forecast This site contains the official US
Weather Service forecast for the lower 48 states and links to other
real-time weather-related data.
USA Radar This site
contains the current weather-radar map of the United States. Be sure to
try the looping option.
Realtime DataThe Space
Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) is a global leader in the
analysis and distribution of geostationary satellite data. This page
presents pictures intended solely for qualitative analysis of global
weather. The picture sets at this site represent just a portion of the
digital scientific data available in real time at SSEC.
Surface Weather Map
This site contains a surface weather map of the United States with
reports from selected U.S. Weather Service Forecast Offices. The
symbols on this map are similar to the ones in the Make the Code,
Break the Code! science activity in Tornado!.