[NOVA Teachers] May 3, 2005

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Subject: [NOVA Teachers] May 3, 2005

Hello Educators,

In next week's repeat NOVA, "Hunt for the Supertwister," join
meteorologists as they chase tornadoes to try to solve the puzzle of
how these killer storms develop and where they are likely to strike.
(Subjects covered: Earth science; atmosphere; meteorology;
natural disasters)

In the coming weeks:

May 10 -- Secrets of the Crocodile Caves (R)

May 17 -- America's Stone Age Explorers (R)

May 24 -- The Most Dangerous Woman in America (R)

For a full listing of the spring season, including a downloadable
PDF, visit


Karen Hartley
Teachers Editor
NOVA Web Site
E-mail: NOVA_Teachers@xxxxxxxx

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NOVA Presents "Hunt for the Supertwister" (R)
Broadcast: May 3, 2005
(NOVA usually airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. Check your local
listings. This program has one-year off-air taping rights.)

      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
      (Running time: 3 minutes 14 seconds)
      Tornado-chasing scientists with an eye to better forecasting
      risk their lives to plumb the secrets of nature's most
      terrifying killer. (QuickTime, RealVideo or Windows Media
      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)

      Program Transcript
      The site includes a complete narration for this program.

Plus Links & Books.

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