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Hurricane Teacher Resources
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Here is a unique twist for your lesson on hurricanes. After examining extreme weather news headlines, your storm chasers view a PowerPoint about hurricanes and then zoom in on Hurricane Irene. They map a timeline of her trek up the East Coast and then use a guide sheet to take notes from some of the weather articles. Everything you need to teach a comprehensive lesson on the destruction caused by hurricanes is provided, including background about how these super storms brew in the Atlantic.
Students research the effects of living in a hurricane zone. In this hurricane zone lesson, students research the impact of natural disasters on humans and the environment, and write a press release describing the devastation of Hurricane Georges in the Dominican Republic.
Providing a wealth of information about hurricanes, tornadoes, and other types of weather-related events, this resource could be used in the classroom in a variety of ways. A teacher could use the PowerPoints listed as a way to introduce topics ranging from the water cycle to Hurricane Katrina. The presentations could also be used as a way to review information and do research for projects. Some of the links, however, are inactive.
Feeling under the weather? This lesson plan on hurricanes can whip things up! With professionally designed maps and handouts, teach your future weathermen (or women) where, when, and how hurricanes occur. They identify hurricane regions and graph annual numbers of hurricanes. Include in the discussion how hurricane patterns have been changing over time. This extreme weather resource is a gem to add to your meteorology or atmosphere curriculum!
Students share their thoughts about natural disasters, then read a news article about how life at an elementary school was changed after Hurricane Katrina. In this current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Hurricanes can have devastating affects such as flooding and property damage. In this WebQuest, meteorology learners discover what contributes to tropical storms and how they are measured. They visit several outstanding websites and answer ten questions along the way. The lesson plan mentions aerial photos of North Carolina hurricane destruction and a PowerPoint presentation, but does not include them. The WebQuest can strongly stand alone without this portion of the instructional activity, or locate the pictures through the Lesson Planet website!
Students examine emergency response systems. In this Hurricane Katrina lesson, students determine how government and emergency aid providers dealt with the aftermath of the hurricane. Students consider personal stories and actual events as they share ideas for responding to disaster.
Students research hurricanes on the Internet. For this hurricane lesson, students use the Internet to find out the basic shape of hurricane winds and classify three characteristics of hurricanes. Students then classify at least three characteristics of hurricanes and distinguish among wind speeds of three phases of hurricanes.
Students play the role of amateur meteorologists and track a hurricane. In this hurricane lesson plan, learners follow a hurricane by tracking its coordinates on an overhead map. Students work in small groups to place dots on the map showing the hurricane's path. Groups decide whether to give warnings or to order evacuations to people in hurricane's path. Students discuss difficulty of tracking hurricanes in real life situations.