Lesson 2: The Storm

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

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

Facts and Definitions

  • cellar: a basement
  • trembling: shaking or shivering
  • bargain: an agreement
  • encouragement: the act of urging or inspiring
  • command: to give orders or tell what to do


  • Recall main ideas, facts, and details from a text. (LA)
  • Retell a story or parts of a story. (LA)
  • Read independently. (LA)
  • Discuss meanings of words and develop vocabulary through meaningful experiences. (LA)
  • Produce a summary of a text. (LA)


  • Tornado by Betsy Byars, Doron Ben-Ami
  • dictionary
  • glue
  • journal
  • scissors


Tell your child that today she will start the story of a dog named Tornado. Ask her if she thinks she will enjoy this story and why or why not.