Lesson 1: Weather on the Farm

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • Why does the weather change?
  • How does the weather affect people, plants, and animals?
  • What makes an environment safe or unsafe?

Facts and Definitions

  • Tornado Alley is the part of the United States where tornadoes are most likely to occur.
  • Tornadoes can be dangerous.


  • Make predictions about events in a story. (LA)
  • Locate information about a topic. (LA)
  • Read expository materials for answers to specific questions. (LA)
  • Compare similarities and differences between oneself and another. (LA)
  • Analyze environmental issues and their impact on culture. (SS)
  • Describe weather. (S)


  • Tornado by Betsy Byars, Doron Ben-Ami
  • blue construction paper
  • crayons or colored pencils
  • journal
  • U.S. map


Materials: Tornado by Betsy Byars, Doron Ben-Ami
Cover up the title of the book, Tornado, and ask your child to look at the cover. Ask him to think of three or four book titles, based on the cover. Then let him read the real title.

Explain that this book is going to be about a real tornado and a dog named Tornado.