Information About This Unit
There’s a tornado coming! So gather around as Pete the farmhand tells the story of a tornado that brought with it a doghouse complete with a dog inside! In this unit your child will read the book “Tornado” by Betsy Byars. Your child will have fun creating a tornado in a bottle and baking a delicious tornado cake. Skills will be mastered through hands-on activities, worksheets, games, recipes and videos. The language arts concept of the week will focus on the proper use of compound words, abbreviations and contractions. Writing assignments include writing about tornadoes, writing about a pet that made you happy, and writing a short story about what would happen if a tornado suddenly landed on your house! This unit is designed to last for one week, depending on how often you teach language arts.
|Read "Tornado" by Betsy Byars||(no rating)|
Read "Tornado" by Betsy Byars.
|Betsy Byars Biography||(no rating)|
Read a short biography of Betsy Byars.
|Story Map||(no rating)|
After reading the book "Tornado," have your child complete a story map.
|Word Sorting||(no rating)|
Search for compound words, abbreviations and contractions in the first chapter of the book "Tornado."
|Tornado in a Bottle||(no rating)|
Have fun creating a tornado in a bottle.
|Texas Tornado Cake||(no rating)|
Make a fast and simple tornado cake with your child.
|Vocabulary Words||(no rating)|
Write this week's vocabulary words on a piece of paper.
|Spreadsheet Words||(no rating)|
Have your child use the computer to create a spreadsheet of vocabulary words.
|Secret Words||(no rating)|
Your mission is to convert the vocabulary words to a secret code.
|Multicolor ABC Order||(no rating)|
Use a variety of colors to write this week’s vocabulary words.
|Sandpaper Words||(no rating)|
Write the vocabulary words on sheet of sandpaper.
Explain to your child that an abbreviation is a short way to write out a word or phrase.
|Compound Words||(no rating)|
Explain to your child that a compound word is made up of two smaller words joined together.
Learn about contractions and how they are used.
|My Pet||(no rating)|
Write about a time a pet made you happy.
|What I Know About Tornadoes||(no rating)|
Write a paragraph about tornadoes.
|My Tornado Story||(no rating)|
Write a short story about a tornado.
|Writing Practice||(no rating)|
Use the resources found on this Spelling City page to provide extra writing practice for your student.
|Auto Word Match||(no rating)|
This fun online game teaches you child how to match cards based on the word and the sound.
|Tornado Safety Coloring Book||(no rating)|
Read and color this book about tornado safety.
|Abbreviations Worksheet||(no rating)|
Instruct your child to read the abbreviation and write the full word.
|Creating Compound Words Game||(no rating)|
In this fun game, your child will mix words to create compound words.
|Contractions Practice||(no rating)|
Read each sentence and then decide which of the contractions fits into the blanks to complete the sentence.
|Handwriting Paper||(no rating)|
Use this paper for writing assignments or use your own lined paper.
|Spelling City||(no rating)|
Follow this link to Spelling City to practice this week's spelling words.
|Betsy Byars Video||(no rating)|
In this video, author Betsy Byars talks about how she creates the characters that appear in her books.
|Inside a Tornado||(no rating)|
Go inside of a tornado in this video.
|Teacher Training Video||(no rating)|
Parents and teachers, watch this short video to familiarize yourself with how to use Spelling City.
List of any helpful books, games, toys, kits, lapbooks, curriculum, etc., that may be purchased to enhance the learning experience: