Rural Missouri - May 2011 - (Page 38)

Let’s make a tornado in a jar ey friends! This month, I want to share a little about tornadoes, one of nature’s most violent storms. These twisters should always be taken seriously. Tornadoes can be dangerous and sometimes deadly. They come from powerful thunderstorms and appear as rotating, funnel-shaped clouds. Here are some important terms weather forecasters use regarding tornadoes: A “tornado watch” means tornadoes are possible. A “tornado warning” means a tornado has been sighted nearby and you should take shelter immediately in a place without windows, such as your basement, cellar or in a closet under the stairs if possible. Be sure to read “Twist of Fate,” on page 12 to learn tornado safety tips. You also can go to www.fema.gov/kids/tor_ guideqz.htm and take the kid’s tornado quiz. Hopefully you’ll never experience a tornado, but to show you how a funnel cloud rotates, let’s let’s make a tornado in a jar. To make this, you will need: • A clean mayonnaise or canning jar with a lid • 1 teaspoon clear liquid soap • 1 teaspoon vinegar • Water • A marble • Food coloring and some glitter (optional; any colors you like) Fill the jar about 3/4 full with water. Put a teaspoon of liquid soap into the jar. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to the mixture. If you want to, add a drop of food coloring and 1/2 teaspoon of glitter at this time. Next, place the marble in the jar. Tighten the lid and shake the jar to mix well. Now, swirl the jar in a circular motion. The liquid will form a small tornado! (“Tornado in a jar” reprinted with permission from www.weatherwizkids.com.) H Buddy Bear’s Word Watch T ry your hand at my monthly word watch. It’s easy. I’ll list three words for you to find. You read the stories in Rural Missouri and look for the words. When you find them, look them up in a dictionary to learn what they mean. Then send me a note telling me the stories where you found the words, what each word means as it’s used in the story and your age. If you get all the words right, your name goes into a drawing to win one of our Buddy Bear drawstring backpacks! We’ll pick up to five winners each month. Send your answers to: Buddy Bear’s Word Watch P. O. Box 1645 Jefferson City, MO 65102 Deadline to enter is May 10. Kids, please wait a month before re-entering — and parents, this is only for kids up to age 15. Entries must be handwritten by the youth, please. Can you find this month’s words? 1) passel 2) smitten 3) drawl Congratulations to this month’s word winners: Kenzie Harp, Jason Zimmerman, Julie Burris and Jolene Newswanger. 38 WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP http://www.fema.gov/kids/tor_guideqz.htm http://www.fema.gov/kids/tor_guideqz.htm http://www.weatherwizkids.com http://WWW.RURALMISSOURI.COOP

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - May 2011

Rural Missouri - May 2011
Table of Contents
Comments
Columns
Jim Peters’ Passion
Help & Hope
Twist of Fate
Mail Bag
Shoot Like a Pro
Out of the Way Eats
Aircraft From Another Era
Hearth and Home
News Briefs
The Pared-Down House
Marketplace
Around Missouri
Neighbors
Just4Kids

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