Author: Betsy Byars
Summary: As they wait out a tornado in their storm cellar, a family listens to their farmhand tell stories about the dog that was blown into his life by another tornado when he was a boy.
Photos contributed by Louise Fadina
Where is Tornado Alley?
Bible Verses Copywork
Tornado Story Pocket
Draw a Tornado Simple Fold
Book Log Fan
Turtles File Folder
Root Vegetables & Hail
First Aid for Scratches
Dogs Tab Book
|President Lincoln Layer Book||Foods from Corn Accordion||Products from Corn Accordion|
Social Studies -
President Lincoln -
If a tornado warning is issued for your location; take the following steps immediately if you are at home:
1. Go at once to the basement, storm cellar, or the lowest level of the building.
2. If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
3. Get away from the windows.
4. Go to the center of the room. Debris can sometimes come through walls..
5. Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
6. If you have time, get a mattress or blankets to protect your head and the heads of any children with you. If you don't have time, use your arms to protect your head and neck.
7. If you live in a mobile
home, get out and find shelter elsewhere in a permanent building.
1. If possible, get inside a building.
2. If shelter is not available or there is no time to get indoors, lie in a ditch or low-lying area or crouch near a strong building. Be aware of the potential for flooding.
3. Use arms to protect head and neck.
The hired boy showed kindness to the Grandmother by assisting her to the cellar. On page 2 he was also respectful to his bosss wife and called her maam. Discuss the importance of listening and caring for older people in our lives.
How is a tornado formed? Tornadoes start deep within vast thunderclouds, where a column of strongly rising warm air is set spinning by high winds streaming through the cloud's top. As air is sucked into this swirling column it spins very fast, stretching thousands of feet up and down through the cloud, with a corkscrewing funnel descending from the cloud's base-the tornado.
Look for approaching storms
Look for the following danger signs:
* Dark, often greenish sky
* Large hail
* A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
* Loud roar, similar to a
A link with drawings how a tornado forms.
The same info as above link only in a PDF file.
Vegetables come from various sources. Sometimes we eat the leaves, such as with lettuce, spinach, kale, or cabbage. Other times we eat the roots. Can your child think of any root vegetables? Root crops include beets, radishes, carrots, parsnips and turnips. Root vegetables store very well, especially if kept in a cool, dry place like a root cellar.
Twister: A localized and violently destructive windstorm occurring over land characterized by a funnel-shaped cloud extending toward the ground.
Storm cellar: An underground shelter where you can go until a storm passes. ,
Water spouts: tornados that are over the ocean
Hail: Precipitation of ice pellets when there are strong rising air currents.
Thunderstorm: A storm resulting from strong rising air currents; heavy rain or hail along with thunder and lightning.
Make a list of emergency items needed for in the cellar: Food, blankets, first aid supplies for injuries, lamps, etc.
Use this verse about trusting God for memorization or copywork: Isaiah 12:2 I will trust and not be afraid.
Tornado Alley consists of Texas, Okalahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Look at a map to locate these states. Tornado Alley is a colloquial (conversational) term most often used in reference to the area of the United States in which tornadoes are most frequent. Although an official location of the term is not defined, the areas in between the Rocky Mountains and Appalachian Mountains are the areas usually associated with it. "Tornado Alley" is a term created by the media to refer to areas that have greater numbers of tornadoes. There are several ideas of what tornado alley is, but those ideas are the result of the different criteria used to come up with them. Perhaps the most common definition of tornado alley is the location of where the strongest tornadoes occur most frequently. In the United States that location is from Texas, northward through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and into South Dakota. (wikipedia)
If a strange dog approaches you, stay still. Your instincts might say to scream and run but that will only excite the dog more and his instincts will say to run after you. A dog often sniffs you to learn about you. In a firm and commanding voice tell the dog to GO HOME. Dont turn away from a strange dog instead back away slowly and keep your eyes on the dog but not looking into the dogs eyes (staring can be seen as a threat). Dogs are often very good pets to have but must also be treated with respect as well.
A dog can be trained to shake a paw. Here are the steps:
First decide which command you will use to get your dog to shake. Some people simply say "Shake", a funnier trick is to say "Gimme Five". Whatever your command you decide on, stick with it and always use the same word(s).
Have your dog sit. Give the command to "Shake". As you this, hold out your hand. Now you can use one of two methods:
1. Grab your dogs paw and "shake" it. Say the command again as you do this. With repeated practice, your dog will just start lifting its paw and placing it into your hand without you doing it for them.
2. The second method is to blow gently on the dogs ear as you give the "shake" command. A dog's instinct is to lift its paw to itch the ear. When the paw comes up for the itch, you can grab it and give say "shake" again as you this.
You can give your dog a treat right after each try. Though it's generally not necessary. A simple pat on the head or verbal praise will encourage your dog to learn tricks.
Most dogs can learn this simple trick after only a few tries. Practice it a few times a day over the next month and they will never forget it. Now your dog knows how to shake a paw.
verse about trusting God for memorization or copywork: Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the
lord with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding.
What card game where they playing in this chapter? Do your children know how to play War? Discuss poor sportsmanship with your child. How should you act if you are losing? Did brother Sammy act in an appropriate manner? No, Sammy quit the game because he was losing.
Peak tornado season in the southern states is March through May; in the northern states, it is late spring through early summer. Tornadoes are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m., but can occur at any time.
Use this verse about trusting God for memorization or copywork: Psalm 71:1a In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust:
What would you do during a tornado? Write a short story about it.
They "swore up" that they didn't steal the turtle. What does that mean?
When digging all the way to China was being discussed in the story, they were really talking about antipodes. Antipodes are places or regions of earth that are on opposite sides. The antipode of "tornado alley" would be in the Indian Ocean--a long way from China, closer to Africa or Australia! Locate your antipode using this site: http://www.antipodemap.com/
Discuss different varieties of corn, including Silver Queen. Corn is a species of tall cereal grass, which is grown for its seed and used as food for people and animals. The Native Americans were the first to introduce corn to the early pioneers, but archaeologists have found ears of corn in New Mexico that were nearly 5,600 years old! There are numerous different kinds of corn but only one kind that pops. What products do we get from corn? Have your child make a list. Some possibilities are corn oil, cornstarch, corn meal, and ethanol. Foods from corn could include corn flour tortillas, corn chips, corn bread or muffins, corn fritters, Corn Pops, etc.
You need to stop the bleeding- (apply gentle pressure and elevate your hand) and then gently wash the scratches with mild soap and warm water. Let dry and put on a small dab of antibiotic ointment and a band aid. The band aid should be changed every day and the cut kept clean until it heals, which would be about 3-5 days. If it becomes sore and red, it may be infected and you should see a doctor.
There is a cat named Thirty Five because he always show up at 5:30 to eat. Learn about clocks and telling time.
When the family is in town, another family spots Tornado and say he is theirs. Discuss doing the right thing and letting them take the dog even if you still want it.
Discuss penny nails. Nail sizes run from 2d to 100d. The "d" used to mean penny--from the Roman coin denarius--and the number was how many pennies it used to--way back when--cost to buy a 100 of that size. http://www.1728.com/nails.htm http://www.sizes.com/units/penny.htm )
The boy went through a time of "grieving" over the loss of the dog. Even though the dog did not die, he went through a period of sadness because the dog was no longer his. Do you think that the true owner, the little girl, went through a period of grieving too? What do you think of the decision the family made to keep the dog after it returned to them? The family was being a bit deceptive about it, never taking the dog into town again, dont you think? What would you do if you found the dog, but knew there was someone out their grieving its loss?
Art: Draw a tornado
Art: Draw a storm cellar
Art Study: Look at the drawings how emotion shows on their faces
Just for Fun: Get a tornado tube and make a non-destructive tornado. Or watch water go down a bathtub drain.