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Eye of the Storm. Compiled by: Terry Sams PES Melissa Guinn PES. By Stephen Kramer Illustrated by Warren Faidley. Study Skills. Genre: Expository Nonfiction Comprehension Skill: Graphic Sources Comprehension Strategy: Predict Comprehension Review Skill: Cause and Effect

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eye of the storm

Eye of the Storm

Compiled by:

Terry Sams PES

Melissa Guinn PES

By Stephen Kramer Illustrated by Warren Faidley

study skills
Study Skills
  • Genre: Expository Nonfiction
  • Comprehension Skill:Graphic Sources
  • Comprehension Strategy:Predict
  • Comprehension Review Skill:Cause and Effect
  • Vocabulary:Word Endings

In spring, summer, and fall, weather patterns produce thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes in the United States. Most people take cover from storms, but photographer Warren Faidley travels around the country to take pictures of them. In August of 1992, Faidley went to Miami, Florida, to take pictures of Hurricane Andrew.

genre expository nonfiction
Genre: Expository Nonfiction
  • Expository nonfictiongives information about real people and events.
  • Be prepared for a few surprises as you read about a real person, Warren Faidley, who experiences a real storm, Hurricane Andrew.
comprehension skill graphic organizers te 338
Comprehension SkillGraphic Organizers TE 338
  • A graphic source shows or explains information from the text.
  • Pictures, maps, charts, time lines, and diagrams are all examples of graphic sources.
  • Graphic sources can help you draw conclusions about what you are reading.
  • KWL Chart
practice graphic sources pb137
1. What materials are needed to complete this activity?

2-liter bottles, water, food coloring, duct tape.

2. What is the first step in creating this tornado?

Fill one bottle with water and some food coloring.

3. What is another step?

Connect the two bottles with duct tape.

4. What is an example of how the diagram might help a person complete this activity?

The diagram makes it easier to understand how to connect the bottles.

Practice Graphic SourcesPB137
comprehension skill review cause and effect te 347
Comprehension Skill ReviewCause and Effect TE 347
  • A cause is what makes something happen.
  • An effect is what happens.
  • Sometimes a cause will have more than one effect.
  • Words such as because, so, and since are clues to causes and effects.
comprehension strategy predict te 338
Comprehension StrategyPredict TE 338
  • Good readers think about what will happen next.
  • Patterns in the information in a graph or chart can help you predict.
  • Prediction Activities
vocabulary strategy word endings te 340
Vocabulary StrategyWord Endings TE 340
  • Look at word endings to help you figure out the meaning of the word.
  • The ending –s is added to a noun to make it plural.
  • The ending –ed is added to a verb to make it past tense.
research study skills online telephone directory te 359l
Research/Study SkillsOnline Telephone Directory TE 359L
  • An online telephone directory lists phone numbers and addresses for individual people and business.
  • The white pages lists entries for individuals and business in alphabetical order.
  • The yellow pages contain business categorized by type, such as hotels, sporting goods, and so on.
  • To find an online directory, use the keywords white pages or yellow pages on a search engine.
research study skills online telephone directory te 359l11
Research/Study SkillsOnline Telephone Directory TE 359L
  • Once in the dictionary, type in the name of the person or business you want.
  • You can type in the category of a business if you don’t know a specific name.
  • Include a city or zip code and state to narrow the search.
  • Online Directory
fun stuff and practice
Fun Stuff and Practice
  • Cause and Effect On-Line PowerPoint
  • Activities
  • More Figurative Language
  • Hurricane Andrew Damage Photos
  • Hurricane Andrew
  • Teacher ideas
weekly fluency check pauses te 359a
Weekly Fluency CheckPauses TE 359a
  • Readers need to pause after complete thoughts, such as at the end of phrases and sentences to make it easier for listeners to understand.
  • Pause after prepositional phrases and between items in a series.
  • Model read aloud on page 338m and 349. Point out punctuation clues including dashes and colons.
question of the week te 338m
Question of the WeekTE 338m
  • How do weather patterns affect our lives?
day 2 question of the day
Day 2 - Question of the Day
  • Why do you think storms are so fascinating to some people?
day 3 question of the day
Day 3 – Question of the Day
  • Why should people respect the power of storms?
day 4 question of the day
Day 4 – Question of the Day
  • What kinds of storm safety information can you find on the Internet?
review questions
Review Questions
  • What conclusion did Warren make when he found an open photo album on the ground?
  • What is the main idea of this story?
  • Why do you think the author probably wrote this story?
  • Why was Warren so tired when he returned to his hotel?
  • What is the first thing Warren does to photograph a hurricane?
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Review Questions
  • 6. Why does Warren have so many rolls of exposed film as he heads home?
  • How are these photos different from other hurricane photos he took?
  • What made the storm chasers think Hurricane Andrew had changed course?
  • What are some reasons you can tell this hurricane was very destructive?
  • What causes the most damage during a hurricane?
vocabulary say it
Vocabulary - Say It
  • destruction
  • expected
  • forecasts
  • inland
  • shatter
  • surge
more words to know
More Words to Know
  • potential
  • withstand
  • wreckage
  • ditch
  • shelter
  • unpredictable
  • great damage; ruin


thought something would probably come or happen



statements of what is coming; predictions



in or toward the interior



a swelling motion; sweep or rush, especially of waves



something possible



to stand against; hold out against; resist; endure



what is left behind after destruction



a long narrow hole dug into the earth; usually carry off water



something that cover or protects from weather, danger, or attack



uncertain, unable to tell about beforehand

writing assignment problem solution te 359h
Writing AssignmentProblem/Solution TE 359h
  • Think of a problem that you or someone you know has had.
  • Why was it a problem?
  • How was it solved?
  • Clearly identify the problem and then describe the solution.
  • Use specific nouns and strong verbs.
  • Connect the ideas using time-order words.
spelling words compound words
Spelling WordsCompound Words
  • homemade
  • watermelon
  • understand
  • highway
  • thunderstorm
  • highway
  • upstairs
  • shoelace
  • shortcut
  • doorbell
spelling words compound words58
Spelling WordsCompound Words
  • jellyfish
  • touchdown
  • campfire
  • skateboard
  • anyway
  • fireworks
  • haircut
  • loudspeaker
  • laptop
  • flashlight
  • masterpiece
  • stomachache
  • cliffhanger
  • sweatshirt
  • afterthought

This Week’s Word Wall Words

Click and type your own words for this week:


Let’s review our Spelling words. Watch carefully because they will flash on the screen for just a moment. We can clap as we spell the word, or we might just practice reading the words.