We started our study by reading:
We modeled a tornado with:
You can turn the dial and progress the tornado through F1, F2, F3 tornadoes, etc. You can also take the lid off and drop things in so you can see how they get sucked into the tornado. The kids enjoyed this a lot.
The model also came with a DVD on tornadoes that we watched.
Then we discussed tornadoes in culture. We watched the tornado scene from the movie Wizard of Oz. Most tornadoes occur in Tornado Alley. Kansas is part of Tornado Alley. John Steuart Curry was a Kansan who liked to paint scenes of rural Kansas in the 1920s-1940s. We looked at and discussed his famous painting, Tornado Over Kansas. We discussed that he was part of the American Regionalism movement. Then the kids made their own tornado artwork.