Before beginning to read the novel "Night of the Twisters" by Ivy Ruckman, my class watches several short vidoes about tornadoes, tornado safety, etc. We also create a bar graph plotting the number of tornadoes that occurred in Texas in 2011. This is a great way to grab their interest.
I provide students with the attached data and graph paper ( I borrow from my Math partner or print on-line). Students must set up the graph design. This is a great way to support your Math teacher.