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Tiny Twisters
Tornado in a Bottle

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Tornado in a Bottle

If you have ever wanted to see a twister up close, look no further! This activity is a great way for youth to see a "tornado" very safely! By spinning a liquid-filled bottle quickly, students will create a vortex that looks like a real cyclone. 

Click HERE for the lesson and activity instructions.

Click HERE for a YouTube video with demonstrations of variations of the activity. It may be interesting for some students to try one method, and others to try another method. They can then compare the different variations. 

**Please note that this activity is not an accurate representation of tornadoes! Below, you'll find more information about the weather phenomenon that is a tornado.**

Click HERE for an article from Weather Wiz Kids describing tornadoes, their formation process, and how they stop. 

Click HERE for a kid-friendly YouTube video describing tornadoes.
Georgeann Hester 
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