This study gives boys and girls a look at life before and after two of our country's most deadly tornadoes. Students will learn about life in the 1920's as they study the Tri-State Tornado. They will look deeper into the science of weather as they study the Joplin tornado of 2011. Included in the overview of content are the following topics – weather, tornadoes, geography, safety, geography and creative writing. This is a seven week unit study using the I Survived True Stories Tornado Terror book from the New York Times best selling I Survived series. Suggestions to further the study of this event as well as craft and field trip ideas are included in the unit to help enhance the study. All units include spelling and vocabulary, custom made lapbook pages and game, State/Country study, Character analysis worksheets, then and now comparison worksheet, news article prep, book summary, chapter summary with drawing, and digging deeper project suggestions.
Studying history and science as a family is, perhaps, the best way to learn. One of the most important parts of homeschooling is family relationship. Schooling multiple ages together with the continuity of the same subject matter for literature, history and science, as well as crafts and field trip experiences, gives opportunities for family discussion and builds long lasting and cherished memories.
The experiences practiced in multisensory learning allow each family member to participate in ways that help them understand and retain best. Brothers and sisters learn together and help each other with projects such as creating a diorama or creating a tornado in a bottle, having discussions about the story, as well as positive character traits such as endurance, compassion, generosity and courage.
Multisensory learning is great for every kind of learner - because each learner gets to experience learning the way they are most comfortable - but they also have the opportunity to learn through other senses. Studies and research have shown that learning material through multiple senses helps children to retain information better.
Get the entire family involved with visiting a local weather station, police station or fire station. This seven week unit study, using the I Survived True Stories Tornado Terror from the I Survived series, is also great for doing school with an additional family or two. Get together for weekly activities or field trips, while doing the rest of the study on your own with your family. Get together at the end of the unit for a backyard Survival Celebration party of your own!
The reader book for this unit learns about real people who lived during very difficult times. Lauren Tarshis, the author of the I Survived books, captures the memories and experiences of two young people who survived seemingly impossible circumstances.
Some examples of *crafts include; creating a diorama, drawings and more. Science can be added to this unit by learning about severe weather and safety. Each unit will include a suggested weekly schedule, list of required and suggested books, craft resources, field trip ideas and suggestions, meal ideas, templates, a game, lapbook materials and other resources.
**Crafts and science experiment supplies are not included in the purchase of the curriculum, but resources and instruction as to what crafts and supplies to purchase are included. Some units do include free craft templates. Family license allows single family usage for the purchaser only. Copies are not permitted for use outside of the owner's immediate family. If you are a co-op or charter school purchasing for a single family - please make a note of the family's name and email address when ordering.