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June 23, 2008

Storm Warning Tornadoes

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Storm Warning Tornadoes

Author: Chris Oxlade

Page Length: 48

Reading Level: 7

Genre: Non-Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: This book is an awesome look at Twisters. Readers discover why scientists believe tornadoes happen and what conditions they usually form from. The science of tornadoes is detailed and incredible photographs are shown of everything from satellite shots of a warm and cold front meeting to an anvil cloud. Pictures of real tornadoes are included as well as pictures of the devastating aftermath they have left behind. Quotes from tornado witnesses and survivors and twister facts help the reader connect with the deadly reality of tornadoes.

Readers of this book become experts in the formation and types of tornadoes. Famous tornado outbreaks are detailed with picture, facts, and damage statistics. A map of tornado alley and a picture of giant (yes, giant!) hail stones (pg. 26) provide for a fascinating read. This book is a must read for anyone who lives in tornado alley, desires to be a storm chaser, or for anyone who is fascinated by the fury of nature.

REVIEW: These Turbulent Planet books are awesome non-fiction tools for getting kids excited about reading something. The graphics are compelling and the statistics and information presentations gripping. This book is high interest. Several lessons could be planned over the material it covers. Students can compare and contrast different types of tornadoes or even different tornado outbreaks that have occurred. Science vocabulary is defined on the bottom of each page. A huge analysis of the effects of the tornado could also be compiled. The graphics are excellent and should engage 99% of our students. These books are an excellent source!

AREAS FOR TEACHING: cause and effect, part to whole relationships, connecting text to self, concept definition, vocabulary development

RELATED BOOKS: Night of the Twister, Twisters: A Book about Tornadoes, Twister: The Science of Tornadoes and the Making of an Adventure Movie, Storm Warning: The Story of a Killer Tornado, any Turbulent Planet Book,

RELATED MOVIES:  Night of the Twister, Twister, Storm Chasers: Revenge of the Twister, Tornado Warning (2002)

RELATED WEBSITES:

http://www.news9.com/Global/category.asp?C=118571

http://www.spc.noaa.gov/

http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/edu/safety/tornadoguide.html

http://www.fema.gov/kids/tornado.htm

http://www.chaseday.com/tornadoes.htm

http://www.weatherwizkids.com/tornado.htm

http://www.chrisoxlade.com/

REVIEWED BY: Dayna Taylor

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