TeachersFirst's Hurricane Resources

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This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers and students understand hurricanes and the historic events surrounding major hurricanes. Explore these resources during a unit on weather or disasters and include related projects and classroom activities.  Classrooms in hurricane-prone areas may want to stop to observe anniversaries of local hurricane history or even to conduct local history projects in conjunction with some of these starter resources. Turn frightening natural disasters into positive learning using the background on these helpful sites.

 

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How Hurricanes Work - University of Wisconsin

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The Why Files' "An Ill Wind" explains the science behind the formation and behavior of hurricanes using clear text and some neat, simple animations. This site is a great introduction...more
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The Why Files' "An Ill Wind" explains the science behind the formation and behavior of hurricanes using clear text and some neat, simple animations. This site is a great introduction to these huge storms for younger students.

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Case Study - Hurricane Andrew - University of Illinois

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A more detailed retrospective that examines the hurricane which did extensive damage in Florida in August, 1992. ...more
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A more detailed retrospective that examines the hurricane which did extensive damage in Florida in August, 1992.

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Explanation of the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale - US Government

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Explanation of the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, which measures the strength of storms. ...more
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Explanation of the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale, which measures the strength of storms.

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Allow cooperative learning groups to explore this site during a lesson on Hurricanes and their categorization. Have groups explore the site, with the intentions of summarizing the information in a multimedia presentation. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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National Hurricane Center - US Government

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The National Weather Service's home page for hurricane information, with links to satellite images, tracking forecasts, and storm warnings. This is the source for most of the commercially...more
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The National Weather Service's home page for hurricane information, with links to satellite images, tracking forecasts, and storm warnings. This is the source for most of the commercially available storm data available on the web.

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