Hurricane season lesson ideas

01-Sep-2011

Storm season which is between August and October, when the Pacific Ocean warms up seems to be nearing its peak. Although, it is halfway through it has been an active season with up to 18 named storms. The latest one: Irene was the 9th named storm of the season, the first hurricane.

You can use the infographic below: Anatomy of Hurricane with your students to talk about one of the most fascinating elements: the eye of the hurricane.

http://dailyinfographic.com/rock-me-like-a-hurricane-infographic

As a warm up you can either write at random on the board Life Cycle stages from the infographic or photocopy and distribute the stages to groups of students. They need to organize the stages in order. Then you can focus on the eye of the hurricane in the Inside part of the infographic. You can cover the names of the parts of the
eye of the hurricane and ask students to come up with the names. Then, you write at random the correct names and ask students whether they have them, if not they try to match them with the parts of the eye.

In the Formation part, ask students to name the countries chosen by you on the map. For this part give the map without the arrows. Then, divide the map with arrows in half and students into two groups. Ask students to work in the groups and tell the other where the hurricanes are formed on their maps and what directions they are going. When they have finished ask students to compare and contrast their maps spotting any differences or/and similarities. Why do they think they appear?

You can also use the video below together with the questions:

1.    How many people have been told to evacuate?
2.    When was the last time the New York subway system was shut down?
3.    Did New Yorkers overestimate the danger of the storm due to previous storms?
4.    What should people have in their first aid kit?
5.    What have the Connie Island and other hospitals done with their patients?

Joanna

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