Monday, January 13, 2014

After School Link Up, Tornadoes

Welcome to the After School Link Up!

We started last week off with temps in the single digits and ended the week in the 60's.  Yes, knowing what to wear is so fun. Anyway, my phone alerted us to a tornado watch in effect yesterday.  It was loud and made the kids nervous.  So, we took a little time to learn about tornadoes.
learning about tornadoes for kids
We rounded up books we already had in the house and then looked on line for some additional resources.  We learned how tornadoes form, where "tornado alley" was (although they can form anywhere), what the different terms of tornado watch vs warning mean, and practiced our safety plan; to me, this was the most important part of the lesson.  Fortunately, we just had a brief downpour and then the skies cleared.


Time for Kids Big Book of How
Hurricanes and Tornadoes by Kate Waters
Inside Weather by Mary Kay Carson


Sky Diary Kidstorm
Enchanted Learning
Kid's Crossing - instructions for making a tornado in a bottle

We finished by making a tornado in a bottle.  You'll need a jar, water, vinegar, and dish soap.  For some reason, this is insanely entertaining for kids.

learning about tornados for kids

After School features from last week's party

citrus paper craft for kids

I thought this post, "Hanging Citrus Fruit Paper Craft"  from Buggy and Buddy was so cheerful and fun.  There is a cute go along book as well.  Add in some citrus-ade and you have yourself a fun afternoon.

This next features from Life with Moore Babies is one to pin for next year.  Ashley made a New Year's Festivities and Geography Countdown for her family. 

What have you be up to After School this Week?

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Natalie AfterschoolForSmartyPants said...

Great lesson on tornadoes! I am going to be featuring your post next week in my science round up!

Deceptively Educational said...

We've done the tornado in a bottle experiment and both my boys ... ok, and me too ... were utterly mesmerized. Awesome post, Kelly!