Learning About Tornadoes – A Gail Gibbons Notebook Companion™

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Tornadoes are powerful and dangerous storms that are important to understand and be prepared for. You can help your kids learn about how tornadoes form, what the different strengths of tornadoes mean, how to prepare and stay safe in a tornado, and much more with Learning About Tornadoes, a Notebook Companion™ to Tornadoes! by Gail Gibbons, sold separately.

For grades K-3 | Primary dashed lines for beginning writers | 54 black & white pages | This is a digital only resource.

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Learning About Tornadoes - A Gail Gibbons Notebook Companion™


Many of us, depending on where we live, hear tornadoes mentioned on the news at various times, but how much do our kids really understand about tornadoes? Learning About Tornadoes is a great way to introduce kids to what causes these storms, the scientists who study them, and much more.

You don’t have to do any prep-work. Just grab a copy of Tornadoes! (sold separately) and Learning About Tornadoes and explore them together at the speed that works for you.

Students can sharpen their written narration skills as they answer open-ended questions about what they are learning. They’ll also get to draw, sketch, and label various illustrations of parts of a tornado, the damage different tornadoes of different strengths can cause, and more. Bonus coloring pages are also included!

Students will learn about words and topics related to tornadoes such as:

  • cumulonimbus clouds
  • hail
  • downdraft
  • updraft
  • thunderhead
  • condensation
  • funnel
  • Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale
  • Tornado Alley
  • tornado watch
  • tornado warning
  • waterspouts

Tornadoes! by Gail Gibbons

Our publisher-approved Notebook Companion™ accompanies Tornadoes! by Gail Gibbons.

Help your students in grades K-3 learn about tornadoes, how they form, and much more with Tornadoes! by Gail Gibbons. This book helps kids understand what a tornado is and all about them in this colorful book, perfect for kids!

Tornadoes! by Gail Gibbons

Tornadoes! is a required book for our Notebook Companion™ and is sold separately. Tornadoes! by Gail Gibbons is available at the publisher’s website or anywhere books are sold.

Beginner’s Notebook Companion™

This beginner’s notebook is a great way to introduce kids to the idea and practice of notebooking, and you can customize it as much as you wish. It’s completely flexible, allowing for use with very young children through middle elementary grades.

If you want to teach your students about weather and natural disasters in grades 3 and up or expand upon it, check out our Weather Notebook Companion™ for Master’s Books The New Weather Book.

Other Notebook Companions™ in the Gail Gibbons Series

4 reviews for Learning About Tornadoes – A Gail Gibbons Notebook Companion™

  1. Holly Carter

    This year my son picked the science topic of weather. We have lived in several states this past year and each one has different weather patterns for their area. Learning About Tornadoes has always been of interest to my son after living in North Texas most of his life and seeing the regular tornado near misses throughout the spring-fall each year. This Notebooking Companion has been the perfect resource to dive into crucial information about tornadoes but it is also broken down in an easy to understand format. We highly recommend this resource to anyone who has an interest in learning more about tornadoes and especially to those children who live in areas where tornadoes are prevalent!

  2. Lynn

    I started using this notebook companion with my children this morning and they loved it! We read together and then each of my children worked on their own notebooks sat together at the study table. My elementary aged children worked independently and my pre-K child enjoyed drawing, illustrating or writing single word answers with my help in response to the questions. My children enjoyed the mix of writing and drawing activities and I loved seeing their different pieces of finished work and the ideas they had for what to include in their illustrations. The notebook has helped my children to retain the information covered so far and to consolidate their learning. Gail Gibbons’ book and this notebook companion cover many different aspects of tornadoes (e.g., how they form, the EF Scale, the damage caused, how to stay safe when a tornado hits, etc), and I recommend them both!

  3. Melanie Zorr

    This is such a great resource for my 2nd grader! She is so excited to have her own notebook to work on while her older brothers work on their notebooks. We just started this today. She BEGGED me to continue reading the book (which we were able to find at the library. Many Gail Gibson books can be found at public libraries, so that’s a win for sure!) and writing through her new notebook. This companion notebook is set up much like many of the other notebook companions at Daily Skill Building. You read a page and then you answer comprehension questions about what you read. It is very open-ended in that each child can make their own observations and write what he/she found most relevant. My daughter is still a beginning reader, so she loved being able to look up the words to figure out how to spell each word. I read a question to her, she told me her answer, we checked the answer, then she wrote out her answer. She was so proud of herself after finishing a few pages of her notebook. I am looking forward to continuing this with her.

  4. Katherine Tanyu

    If you and your child are learning about meteorology, I recommend you start this notebook after covering the basics (Learning About the Weather). Learning About Tornadoes is meatier in terms of terminology and facts (What is an EF-5 tornado?). There is a helpful portion at the end about what to do when you know a tornado may strike. A little history and geography are included as well. Kids living in a tornado area can appreciate the text and notebooking companion, so they can know the seriousness of this event. But even if you do not experience this phenomenon, it is also a good study–very informative!! The book Tornadoes is geared toward younger students, but middle school students can also appreciate this as a basic study in the subject–not too simple but not too complicated either.

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