Lesson Plan

Hurricanes as Heat Engines

Hurricanes are a destructive yet fascinating phenomenon. Individuals examine evidence that hurricanes use thermal energy from the ocean as they approach land. Learners use images, charts, and graphs to collect data and then draw conclusions by observing patterns.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Incorporate during a unit on energy transfer
  • Have each group analyze a different hurricane and then reorganize groups to compare findings
Classroom Considerations
  • Provide each group with an Internet-enabled device
Pros
  • Offers a secured answer key by contacting the publisher
  • Includes an activity to extend the lesson
Cons
  • None