Lesson 10 : Hurricanes!

Basic Readings
 Your Task
 Hurricanes
 How Hurricanes Work
 Hurricane Dangers


Recommended Readings
 Your Task
 Hurricanes
 How Hurricanes Work
 Hurricane Dangers


Homework Due
 Turn in article Review Questions.


Overview
 The science of hurricanes. This is a twoday activity. Students
begin by learning about hurricanes in general.


Duration
 20 min. Students review hurricane articles
 20 min. Students investigate hurricanes in sphere groups


Materials
Articles


Topics
 The science of hurricanes: parts of a hurricane & features, system
of categorization, the math behind hurricane tracking (distance X
rate = time), water cycle, storm surge
 Vocabulary: advisory, monsoon, storm surge
 Event to sphere interactions for hurricanes
 Short or long term event to sphere interactions for hurricanes
Outcomes
 Students are able to describe the shortterm and longterm impact
of Hurricane Georges on their sphere and other spheres.
 Students complete the two analysis worksheets.
Special Comments
This unit can very effectively be done in conjunction with a math teacher.
You are teaching the concept of distance, time and rate
Procedure
This is a twoday activity. Students begin by learning about hurricanes
in general.
General information about HurricanesThe ERTs discuss
the tasks outlined in the reading "Your Task," then study hurricanes.
They each offer their sphere's perspective of the effects of the hurricane
event. They discuss how four different perspectives might give their
team a big picture. Then they read and discuss the articles.

Basic
Homework
 Read: Mission Preparation: Hurricane Tracking Instructions,
Hurricane Practice Data, Hurricane Tracking Map


Recommended Homework
 Read: Hurricane Georges, Hits Puerto Rico, Three Months After
 Complete article Review Questions


Extensions
See the Careers section of the Launch Pad. There are some valuable resources
here to encourage students to begin thinking about careers as technicians,
engineers, programmers, specialists, and scientists.
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