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Science 101: What Causes Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes?

by: Bill Robertson

This column provides background science information for elementary teachers. This month’s issue discusses the mechanisms that create thunderstorms and tornadoes, which are almost identical.


Elementary School

Grade Levels

Elementary Middle School


Climate change Earth & Space Science Professional Learning


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 10/1/2016Stock # sc16_054_02_64Volume 054Issue 02

NSTA Press produces classroom-ready activities, hands-on approaches to inquiry, relevant professional development, the latest scientific education news and research, assessment and standards-based instruction.

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