Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tornado Information for Kids
In the news the other morning was an account of a serious outbreak of tornadoes. The tornado season is upon us, and mother nature is certainly keeping busy as over 800 preliminary tornadoes have touched ground (According to the NOAA's Storm Prediction Center). With the peak of the season not yet reached (May and June) one only wonders what the old girl has planned.
Watching the swirling columns of air sweeping their way across our TV screen, and witnessing the destruction left behind was rather frightening to me. I imagined it would be the same for some of my students while others might be drawn to it.
Naturally, children are curious, fascinated and maybe fearful of tornadoes. It might be helpful for them to have some information about this topic.
Fujita Pearson Scale: This is the old scale used to rate and describe the tornado, but it gives the children an idea of what kind of damage occurs. The scale has now been enhanced to these wind speeds.
Tornado Video: This 3 minute National Geographic video for kids explains how tornadoes form and what to do in the event of a tornado.
Tornado Alley: In the U.S. most tornadoes occur in the states between North Dakota and Texas, although they can happen anywhere. (More in depth information can be found at tornadochaser.net)
Other Great Sites:
Teach Your Kids about Tornado Safety: Safety tips from eHow explaining what to do before, during and after a tornado.
Weather Wiz Kids: This site has a lot of information created especially for kids.
FEMA for Kids: This site has information and more. A highlight of this site are some Tornado stories written by children.
Tornado Photo Gallery: This site shows the different types of tornadoes: Cones, Wedges, Elephant Trunks, Ropes & Stovepipes.
Putting the power in kids’ hands by helping them learn about natural phenomena like tornadoes will hopefully, ease their fears through understanding and at the same time create an interest in their world.
Please let me know if you have any resources that should be added to this list. I welcome your comments and ideas.
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