Wednesday: Tornado

Nov 16, 2011   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar: Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  Samuel told us the weather, put the number on the calendar and found the day of the week in Spanish.  We reviewed our Spanish and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Reviewed what they learned about Thunder/Lightning and Snow.  The children told me what they know about Tornadoes.   Explained that a tornado results when the wind twirls round and round inside of a cloud and sometimes the cloud drops an arm (funnel).  The funnel sometimes touches the ground.  Fun Facts:  A tornado is a violent rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground.  The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of up to 300 mph.  They can destroy large buildings, uproot trees and hurl vehicles hundreds of yards.  They can also drive straw into trees.  In an average year, 1000 tornadoes are reported nationwide.

Listening:  Discussed:  If a tornado touches the ground, what do you think it could pick up?  We read the Participation story again.  I had the pictures on the ground by the story board.  I picked children to come up and place the pictures as we read about them on the storyboard to act the story out. 

Physical Science:  Discussed:  What do you think will happen when water circles back into itself like wind sometimes does?  We had a bottle filled half full with water and and a little sand.  I twirled the bottle to watch the Tornado in the water.  The children discussed what was happening. 

Logic:  Discussed:  What do you think happens when a tornado touches the ground where buildings and houses are?  Explained that sometimes tornadoes destroy buildings and houses when they touch the ground.  The community has to work together to rebuild.  People are safe when they are in the basement or next to a solid wall.  Stay away from windows!  Each child got to build their own house/building out of the wooden blocks.  I then had them stand up and twirl like a tornado and knock the house down. 

Physical Science:  Discussed:  What do you think a tornado sounds like?  Explained that many people have described a tornado sound to be like a big freight train.  I showed the children the craft they will be doing in afternoon center.  I put a glob of black paint on paper and used a Q-tip to swirl it around and make a tornado.

Picture Day:   Miss Corrie took everyone’s pictures throughout the morning.  The whole studio was set up in my room. She had lights and umbrellas and even back drops!  She is an amazing photographer.

Tumble Bus Day:  Please see what they did today on the bus, by looking at the activity sheet by the sign in and out book.

Afternoon Centers: Center 1: Legos  Center 2: Whirling Swirling Picture-  The children will take a Q-tip and swirl the paint around on their paper to make a tornado.  They will then add sand for debris.  

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