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Tornadoes and Technology DLESE Reviewed Collection
This lesson introduces the basics about how tornadoes are formed, and where and when they are most likely to occur. It includes a review of the current research on tornadoes and how scientists are trying to predict them. The equipment storm chasers use to study tornadoes is included. Students are asked to write a research plan for further study of tornadoes.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Computer activity
    • Lesson plan
  • Visual:
    • Map
  • Text:
    • Periodical
    • Report
  • Atmospheric science
  • Climatology
  • Natural hazards
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2003 National Geographic Society. All rights reserved. You may adapt lessons based on the needs of your students and your time constraints.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-208
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
        • Systems, order, and organization
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understandings about scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about science and technology
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural and human-induced hazards
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How physical systems affect human systems
    • Physical systems:
      • The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
Related resources:
This resource is part of 'National Geographic Xpeditions Atlas'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Editor: Lara Suziedelis Bogle