Students will collect and evaluate hurricane information from multiple sources, then communicate their learning through student created videos.

This 5Es style lesson engages students in data collection, evaluation, and communication about hurricanes in or around the Hawaiian Islands archipelago. Hurricane paths will be analyzed using NOAA’s Historical Hurricane Track tool to discover patterns and trends, then students will learn about the five environmental conditions necessary for the formation of hurricanes. Students will also gain an understanding of hurricane preparedness. Once students have a solid understanding of this content, they will create videos to inform others, as well as describe the interactions between the Earth’s spheres during a hurricane.

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Laura Cummings

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Next Generation Science Standards

Crosscutting Concepts
  • Stability and change
Core Ideas
  • ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
  • ESS3.B: Natural Hazards
  • Developing and using models
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Ocean Literacy Fundamental Concepts

  • 3.A: The ocean controls weather and climate by dominating the Earth’s energy, water and carbon systems.
  • 6.F: Coastal regions are susceptible to natural hazards (tsunamis, hurricanes, cyclones, sea level change, and storm surges).