Learning about scientific observation and surrealism in art, tornadoes and hurricanes can be fun through these special project activities that can be done in the classroom before or after a visit to The Pier Aquarium.
Tornado in a Bottle
What can you do with two empty plastic soda bottles? Students can learn about energy transfer using these bottles or what's called a tornado tube bottle connector.
Tornado Tube, Division of Burnham Associated, 26 Dearborn St., Salem, MA 01970.
Tornadoes: Nature's Most Violent Storms. U.S. Dept. of Commerce-NOAA, National Weather Service and the American Red Cross, Sept. 1992.
Keen, Richard A., 1987. Skywatch: The Western Weather Guide. Golden: Fulcrum. Inc.
Hot water and tissue paper is what it takes to construct a miniature "hurricane.” Students learn how hurricanes are formed, how different coastal animals are affected by these storms and ways how human presence in coastal environments impacts survival rates of animals in hurricanes.
Credit: This activity has been modified from an activity in Janice VanCleave's Oceans for Every Kid, John Wiley & Sons, 1996, pp 147-155.
This site includes lots of neat activities and easy to understand pictures and definitions. This site has links, so it would be a great place for kids to start researching.
Cole, JoAnna. The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane, Scholastic Inc. 1995.
Eyewitness. Weather 1996. ISBN 0-7894-0719-1
National Geographic Video. Nature's Fury! 1994. ISBN 0-7922-3248-8
VanCleave, Janice. Oceans for Every Kid, John Wiley & Sons, 1996, pp 147-155.