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Hunt for the Supertwister

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The following resources from the companion Web site accompany this program:

Tornado Country
Read this article to learn why the United States gets up to three quarters of all tornadoes in the world. (Grades 9-12)

Forecasting Then and Now
Follow the story of 17-year-old Dale Larson, who single-handedly saved 29 Nebraskan schoolchildren from an approaching tornado in 1928, and learn how far tornado warning has come since then. Note: Some passages in this article may be upsetting to students. Please preview it to determine its appropriateness for your classroom. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Shelter from the Storm
In this interview, tornado-damage expert Tim Marshall recounts two devastating storms, talks about the need for better building practices, and reviews where to seek safety during a tornado. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Rate Tornado Damage
Use the Fujita Scale of tornado intensity to assess the level of destruction left in the wake of actual tornadoes. (Flash plug-in required; non-Flash version available.) (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

Watch a Preview
View a preview of this week's program. (Running time: 2:52) (QuickTime, RealPlayer, or Windows Media Player plug-in required.)

Teacher's Guide
In this classroom activity, students identify the best time of year and place to position spotters to see possible tornado outbreaks. (Grades 6-8, 9-12)

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Program Transcript
Complete narration for the TV program.

Teacher's Guide
Hunt for the Supertwister
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