Jurassic Park

Twister (1996)

Concept featured in clip: tornadoes
Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 15: 0:49:42 - 0:50:32

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Summary of clip: This clip explains the Fujita tornado scale and the severity of F4s and F5s. The clip describes the destruction caused by these tornadoes and how quickly these violent elements of nature can develop.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This clip can engage students as part of a learning cycle because it provides a very visual image of how dangerous and powerful these tornadoes can be. It also could be incorporated as part of an explanatory phase of a learning cycle. Students will already have some knowledge of tornadoes and now they can use this clip to help them develop an overall picture.
Suggestions to teachers:

1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. How are tornadoes classified? Why is this classification system important?

b. What are the dangers caused by the most powerful tornadoes?

c. What can people do if there are tornadoes in the area?

2. From here students could learn how tornadoes develop. There are simulations they can do to produce a funnel cloud. By doing this they can see how changes in temperature and pressure that accompany these tornadoes can cause the funnel cloud to form.

3. Another idea is for students to research tornado strikes that have happened in there area. Some of these might have been strong and caused some damage. Others like the one in Xenia, Ohio in the 1970s completely devastated a community. It might be interesting to see how tornadoes affect their immediate area and what warning systems and preventative measures are in place.

4. This clip can be shown as part of an assessment on tornadoes. Students can watch the clip and then write about what meteorological conditions must be present for the F4 and F5 tornadoes and what damage they might expect if it came through the area.