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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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When Nature Strikes: Science of Natural Hazards - NBC Learn

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Explore the science behind the world's worst natural disasters. These ten videos are hosted by Dr. Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia and The Weather Channel in partnership...more
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Explore the science behind the world's worst natural disasters. These ten videos are hosted by Dr. Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia and The Weather Channel in partnership with NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation. Topics include Wildfires, Volcanoes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, Space Weather, Landslides, Hurricanes, Flash Floods, and Earthquakes. Videos are approximately 5 to 6 minutes in length and include transcripts. Scientists' interviews explain the stunning scenes of nature's havoc. Although part of a larger site that charges for access, these videos are free.
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tag(s): earthquakes (50), floods (12), hurricanes (34), natural disasters (20), scientists (69), tornadoes (15), tsunamis (18), volcanoes (63), weather (202)

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Use this site as an anticipatory set or "activator" to introduce a unit or lesson on the weather. Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have each group choose a video to use as a launching pad for further study. Enhance their learning with the challenge to use YiNote, reviewed here, which is a Chrome extension for taking notes online on the video while watching it. Have students create an annotated, narrated image, including text boxes and related links, using a tool such as Thinglink, reviewed here. Place the videos on your classroom website or blog for students to explore on their own. Flip your instruction, and have your scientists watch the videos before class time to build background knowledge. Review nonfiction reading strategies with students before reading the transcripts. Have students investigate STEM careers by researching the jobs of the scientists interviewed in the videos.

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Create-a-Cane! - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

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4 to 10
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Use this interactive to create a hurricane by choosing ideal weather conditions such as wind, latitude, moisture, and sea temperature. Click on the question mark under each of these...more
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Use this interactive to create a hurricane by choosing ideal weather conditions such as wind, latitude, moisture, and sea temperature. Click on the question mark under each of these to learn more about these conditions and their effect on hurricanes. Once your score reaches 80 a tropical depression forms, triggering events to begin a hurricane. Answer a few more questions to create your full-strength hurricane!

tag(s): hurricanes (34), weather (202)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start a study of hurricanes and weather. Create a link to Create-a-Cane on classroom computers for student use as a center. Have students create a simple infographic sharing their findings using Venngage, reviewed here. Have students create maps using MapHub, reviewed here, to track hurricanes during hurricane season. Students can add icons, URLs, text, images, and location stops with MapHub!
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Sky Diary - Chris Kidler

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2 to 7
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Sky Diary offers facts for students about hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, and storm chasing. Choose the link to each of the topics to find quick facts such as how tornadoes or ...more
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Sky Diary offers facts for students about hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, and storm chasing. Choose the link to each of the topics to find quick facts such as how tornadoes or hurricanes form, measuring intensity of hurricanes and tornadoes, or safety precautions. The storm chasing portion of the site offers insight into a typical storm chase, reality vs tv, and how to become a storm chaser. This simple site contains a great deal of useful weather information for classroom use.
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tag(s): careers (152), hurricanes (34), tornadoes (15), weather (202)

In the Classroom

Share information from the site on your interactive whiteboard during weather, career, or storm preparedness units. Challenge students to create an avatar using a photo or other image (legally permitted to be reproduced). The avatars can be used to explain the development of hurricanes or tornadoes, or severe weather safety instructions. Use a site such as FotoFlexer, reviewed here.

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GeoCube - GeoCube

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3 to 12
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GeoCube is a delightful, online, interactive resource about world geography. Based on the principle of the Rubik Cube, GeoCube has six sides, each with a topic and nine sub-topics....more
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GeoCube is a delightful, online, interactive resource about world geography. Based on the principle of the Rubik Cube, GeoCube has six sides, each with a topic and nine sub-topics. Click on each sub-topic to find a gallery of videos and images with accompanying text explaining different concepts in geography. The topics explored are living together, earth from all angles, shrinking planet, exploring our world, fascinating earth, and useful geographies. Be sure to watch the How to Use intro video (uses Quick Time) to see how your mouse navigates GeoCube. Clicking on downloads will allow you to view and print PDFs of each topic as well as a colorful GeoCube template with photos to fold and assemble. GeoCube is viewable in several languages: English, Spanish, German, and Italian.

tag(s): earth (206), earthquakes (50), ecology (130), energy (204), environment (298), extinction (4), forests (33), hurricanes (34), landforms (47), maps (293), mountains (17), natural disasters (20), natural resources (57), ozone (8), pollution (63), religions (68), transportation (46), tsunamis (18), volcanoes (63), water (135), wetlands (11)

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Explore one of the subtopics on GeoCube with your class on the interactive whiteboard. Discover different aspects of the world through the subtopics. Use the text as a basis to find another text, either narrative or expository, and compare and contrast the knowledge. You might want to allow students to investigate the different topics on their own at a learning station. Language arts, social studies, and science teachers can use the information found on GeoCube to build background knowledge for students before studying a unit. Introduce a unit on the environment by reading and viewing the videos for waste and pollution, water resources, energy resources, deforestation, species extinction, and climate change. Physical science teachers can use GeoCube as a unique way to introduce volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and conflicts in the earth's systems. These are just a few of the 54 subtopics your will find on GeoCube. ESL/ELL and learning support will all enjoy and benefit from viewing and reading GeoCube.

Use the GeoCube idea for students to present information they research on any science or social studies topic. Adapt it slightly, having students create foldable visual aids using Cube Creator, reviewed here.
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Forces of Nature - National Geographic

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Learn about tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and earthquakes with this comprehensive site. View images, articles, and videos to learn more about how they form, the power they have,...more
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Learn about tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and earthquakes with this comprehensive site. View images, articles, and videos to learn more about how they form, the power they have, and the destruction they cause. View safety tips and helpful information. There are also links to interactive activities (such as "Spin Off your Own Hurricane").

tag(s): earth (206), earthquakes (50), hurricanes (34), tornadoes (15), volcanoes (63)

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Use this site for students to create awareness sheets that may help the public in the event of a natural disaster. Students can also create public service announcements to help the public. Evaluate the school and community emergency preparedness plan using the information about these forces of nature. Use the information to create a sample emergency kit that all households should have in case of emergency. Make it a multimedia project by having students create online books using a tool such as Bookemon, reviewed here, to create an informative book about the weather phenomenon that they studied.
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Stormpulse - Stormpulse

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Scroll through the earth to watch the current paths of tropical storms/hurricanes. View satellite imagery, news, up to date coastal weather, or view storm archives from 1850 to present....more
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Scroll through the earth to watch the current paths of tropical storms/hurricanes. View satellite imagery, news, up to date coastal weather, or view storm archives from 1850 to present. This is not considered an actual weather source but is an aggregate of information on storms. Probabilities of storms and hurricanes are given, based upon weather movement. This interactive site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): hurricanes (34), weather (202)

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Watch storm movement and predict potential path. Use archives to determine common paths, areas where storms are more prevalent, change in numbers of hurricanes in different decades, etc. Use this site as a springboard for further research and better understanding of causes of hurricanes, factors that change the movement, destruction from hurricanes, or how best to prepare for hurricanes. Students can create traditional (poster, bulletin board) or multimedia presentations (newscasts, wiki, blog) on storms or even "create" a mythical storm of the future that follows predictable patterns, documenting it on a class weatherwiki. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): PBWorks (wiki), Site123 (blog), Renderforest (newscast video), and Genial.ly (poster/bulletin board).
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Hurricane Hunters Association - Hurricane Hunter Association

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Hurricane Hunters is a resource to find photos and data from past hurricanes. Hurricanes and data are archived by year. Find photos from above a hurricane with logs and information...more
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Hurricane Hunters is a resource to find photos and data from past hurricanes. Hurricanes and data are archived by year. Find photos from above a hurricane with logs and information from the planes that follow the storms. Research more information about science and meteorology by using the multitude of links provided. Real time data of current storm conditions in the world are available on the website. View spectacular photos in the "Photos" section or click on "Questions" to read the most often asked questions and their answers. In the "Questions" is a link to a cyberflight that walks through the before, during, and after of a Hurricane Hunter flight. This site is mostly text and pictures.

A link to a "Hurricane Hunters Gift shop" is found on the main page and students should be advised to avoid such an advertisement. The site requires Flash for storm updates. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): hurricanes (34), weather (202)

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Compare numbers of hurricanes of various years. Plot locations, and storm paths on the same chart (or in Google Earth) to determine the origination point and landfall or end point of the hurricanes to draw conclusions. Use the information to determine the physical characteristics of the hurricanes (instead of looking them up in an encyclopedia). Determine the areas of the world where hurricanes occur in order to understand factors responsible for hurricane formation. Have students track a current hurricane and use information learned on this site to predict the spot where it will make landfall and provide reasoning for their choice.
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Hurricanes - BBC

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This site is wonderfully done and has a wealth of knowledge. You will find an animated guide to hurricanes (a must-see), quizzes, pictures of Hurricane Katrina (a year after ...more
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This site is wonderfully done and has a wealth of knowledge. You will find an animated guide to hurricanes (a must-see), quizzes, pictures of Hurricane Katrina (a year after the devastation), message boards, web chats, reference information about hurricanes, and more. Many of the activities require FLASH.

tag(s): weather (202)

In the Classroom

You must try an interactive whiteboard to share the animated guide to hurricanes with your students - wow! It is very easy to understand and extremely informative. The animated guide truly helps students understand the complexities of hurricanes.
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Web Weather for Kids - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

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Learn about clouds, hurricanes, thunderstorms, and blizzards with this kid-friendly weather site. Each weather phenomenon is presented with easy-to-understand text, interactive activities,...more
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Learn about clouds, hurricanes, thunderstorms, and blizzards with this kid-friendly weather site. Each weather phenomenon is presented with easy-to-understand text, interactive activities, and graphics. Includes a glossary of weather terms and teacher tips for incorporating the content into your science classroom. Aligned to National Science Education standards.

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Hurricane & Tropical Storm Tracking

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6 to 12
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A tracking resource from Terrapin Associates which provides current storm forecast tracks as well as animated tracks from past storms. ...more
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A tracking resource from Terrapin Associates which provides current storm forecast tracks as well as animated tracks from past storms.

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Hurricane Guide - Miami Science Museum

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The Miami Museum of Science is building this new site to help younger students understand hurricanes and how to prepare for them. The site includes lots of graphics showing how ...more
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The Miami Museum of Science is building this new site to help younger students understand hurricanes and how to prepare for them. The site includes lots of graphics showing how storms develop, as well as information on how to stay safe if there's a hurricane headed your way. The site includes a teachers guide, as well as a section for children who have survived a hurricane.

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How Hurricanes Work - University of Wisconsin

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The Why Files "Sandy Strikes Eastern Seaboard" explains the science behind the formation and behavior of hurricanes using clear text and some neat, simple animations. This site is a...more
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The Why Files "Sandy Strikes Eastern Seaboard" 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 infographic to share using Visme, 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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