Use a KWL chart to assess student's knowledge of tornadoes and hurricane prior to starting lesson.
In order to engage students show the video http://scijinks.jpl.nasa.gov/tornado-samaras/ and have students create and discuss a class essential question. An example question is "How can you use what you learn from observing tornadoes and hurricanes to create something to help keep people safe?" or "How do tornadoes and hurricanes affect the earth and people?"
After discussion, students will participate in learning stations.
Students will rotate to 20 minutes learning stations designed for 3-4 students to explore media and text resources that will enhance their understanding of tornado and hurricanes. Students will record their learning on a concept map as they rotate.
These learning stations will include an brain storming station using a graphic organizer, two interactive simulator games on an electronic device, content literacy station and sequencing card station.
The content literacy station will include books for students to read and reference about tornadoes and hurricanes.
The sequencing station includes cards that show the progression of each type storm. Students will identify characteristics for each stage, discuss these characteristics and put cards in correct order.