Night of the TwistersBy: Ivy Ruckman


When a tornado watch is issued one Tuesday evening in June, twelve-year-old Dan Hatch and his best friend, Arthur, don't think much of it. After all, tornado warnings are a way of life during the summer in Grand Island, Nebraska. But soon enough, the wind begins to howl, and the lights and telephone stop working. Then the emergency siren starts to wail. Dan, his baby brother, and Arthur have only seconds to get to the basement before the monstrous twister is on top of them. Little do they know that even if they do survive the storm, their ordeal will have only just begun. . . .

Your Summer Assignment:
1) Read and Enjoy the book!!!

2) Choose 12 of the following 20 vocabulary words and write the definition, the part of speech, and a complete sentence for each word.
Cogitate, Humble, Frazzle, Chaotic, Vicinity, Halt , Shriek, Mobile, Avalanche, Chortle, Armory , Mince , Ablaze , Generator, Jounce , Barricade , Precaution, Raffle, Inseparable, Gaze

3) Answer the Comprehension Questions from the following link. It is a Word Document. If you cannot open this file, please email me and I will send it electronically.

4) Complete the Plot Sheet from the following link. It is a PDF file. If you cannot open this file, please email me and I will send it electronically.

5) Choose one of the following projects to complete. You can use any materials necessary. (Example: Poster board, shoe box, markers)
  • Make a model of what Dan’s town looked like after the tornado hit it. Be sure to use details given in the book.

  • Design a new room for Dan. Pick out new furniture, bedding, paint and anything else that you think Dan would like in his new room. Make a drawing of his new room. Put the drawing and any pictures of things you think Dan would like for his room on a poster board.

  • Research tornadoes. Find out what causes tornadoes, where they are the most common, and how you can protect yourself in a tornado. Give an oral report to the class.

  • Pretend you are a newspaper reporter, and you interviewed the kids about their heroic actions. Write a news story about their adventures in the tornado.

5) I will be posting discussion questions, feel free to comment.

Enjoy the book!! Feel free to contact me with any questions. Have a fantastic summer!!

Mrs. Richardson