Jurassic Park

Twister (1996)

Concept featured in clip: Tornadoes
Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 21: 1:11:25 - 1:14:23


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Summary of clip: This scene begins at the drive in movie theater where Dusty runs out and warns that the tornado is "heading right for us" and ends with the storm subsiding.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This clip is a good way to introduce students to the importance of tornado safety measures. Students can watch this clip and observe the people's actions as well as the tornado's effects on buildings to understand what to do when a tornado occurs.
Suggestions to teachers:

1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. Both Bill and Jo yell for everybody to get underground and take cover. Why is it important to be underground during a tornado?

b. As the tornado moves closer to the shelter, the windows shatter. What made the glass break? Which way did the glass blow - inside or outside? Do you think the windows would have exploded if they had been open? Why?

c. What precautions should you take in case of a tornado? What are the procedures of a tornado drill?

2. Have students study the processes meteorologists use to forecast tornadoes and warn the public about the probability of their formation. Notice that in this scene the people were given no warning of the tornado's strike. Is that common?

3. Students can research the differences between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.