Variable Skies: Utilizing the Scientific Method to Investigate Tornado Models


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In this lesson, from the New York Times Learning Network, students examine factors which affect a vortex and create model tornadoes. They then identify variables, pose a testable question, and perform an experiment using the scientific method. After they collect their data, students write a complete lab report.

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    Grade: 6 to 12

    Topics: Science, Reading Comprehension, Writing Strategies, Geography, Earth & Space Science, History-Social Science, English-Language Arts

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    Grouping: Large Group Instruction

    Teaching Method: Demonstration; Cooperative Learning; Discussions; Hands-on Learning