# ALEX Lesson Plan

## Is My State at Risk for a Tornado?

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This lesson provided by:
 Author: elisa harris System: Hartselle City School: Hartselle City Board Of Education And Author: Stephanie Roden System: Hartselle City School: Crestline Elementary School
General Lesson Information
 Lesson Plan ID: 35492 Title: Is My State at Risk for a Tornado? Overview/Annotation: This is a third-grade math lesson on the topic of tornadoes and natural disasters. Students will enter data from an internet search on the number of tornadoes occurring in each state into a spreadsheet. Students will analyze and determine which states are the most active in tornado occurrences and create bar graphs and a scaled picture graph from the data collected. This unit was created as part of the ALEX Interdisciplinary Resource Development Summit.
Associated Standards and Objectives
Content Standard(s):

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Primary Learning Objective(s):

The students will determine the number of tornadoes recorded for each state over the last five years.

The students will record the states and the number of tornadoes occurring from 2011 - 2015 into an electronic spreadsheet (such as Excel or Google Sheets).

The students will calculate the average number of tornadoes during this time frame for each state.

The students will rank states according to the average number of tornadoes (greatest to least) using the spreadsheet sorting options.

The students will create bar graphs and picture graphs for the top ten states with the most tornadoes which will assist in interpreting data of tornado occurrences.

Preparation Information
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Assessment
 Assessment Strategies Formative Assessment:Science journal entriesSummative Assessments:Group Posters createdDigitally generated graphsSpreadsheets generated (correct information included)
 Acceleration: Students can conduct more internet research to gather 2016 tornado data.Students can look for geographic patterns in the top 10-12 states with most tornadoes.Students can create a tornado safety brochure for people in these high risk states. Intervention: Students who need intervention strategies:may be paired with a student with advanced technology skills.may be provided with a table of tornado data and asked to put these in order from greatest to least occurrence.

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