K-12 Hurricanes Units and Resources

Primary (Pre-K – Grade 3)

 Keep Your Eye on the Storm  Learn about hurricanes, how they’re categorized and named, and make a poster about hurricane safety. Well-organized theme unit

Hurricane Theme Unit Ten lesson unit for grade 2, including handouts, worksheets and activity pages

Junior (Grade 4-Grade 6)

 Hunting Hurricanes from Gander Academy. Lesson plans, activities. Worksheets are here

The Eye of the Hurricane and Tracking Hurricanes – a 2-part theme unit on the science of hurricanes and how technology has changed our methods of tracking them. Excellent resource for Junior teaching

Tracking a Hurricane Observation, assessment, reporting on the path of a hurricane. Science and Language Arts objectives addressed

Hurricanes and Tornadoes Three lesson unit on tropical storms and hurricanes

Hurricane Teaching Theme from Teachnology.net includes worksheets, resources, lesson plans and more

Intermediate (Grade 7-Grade 9)

Hurricane Tracking Math Lesson plan using hurricanes throughout history, with theme tie-ins to language arts, social studies, science and technology education. Includes printable activity booklets for use with lesson. From NOAA/OAR

Events Based Learning Theme unit based on Hurricane Andrew

Lesson Plans Individual lesson plans (1-3 lessons long) for studying hurricanes
Handle A Hurricane Excellent lesson plan from Weathereye. A roleplaying simulation – students take on the role of a mayor facing a hurricane and the decisions to evacuate or stay put. Teachers must register for answer key – registration is free.

Name That Storm! Suggested research project and some extension activities about hurricane naming conventions. Bare bones, but interesting exercise suggestions

Hurricane Field Trip A virtual field trip that visits an organized ‘tour’ of excellent web resources about hurricanes for students. Suitable for grades 6 – 8

Hurricane Unit and Tutorial Two part unit includes self-paced tutorial with web resources, plus worksheets, math worksheets, unit project and resources

Senior (Grade 10-Grade 12)

Nova Hurricane Lessons On January 25, 2005, the PBS science series Nova aired an episode that focused on the dangers faced by New Orleans if hit by a hurricane. View the episode and take advantage of classroom activities developed for classrooms both before and after Hurricane Katrina.

Counting on Hurricanes Math lesson on prediction and statistics in tracking hurricanes. Includes tie-ins to all other subject areas. Specifically designed around Hurricane Floyd, but can be adapted to focus on more recent hurricane statistics.

Building Hurricane Proof Houses A fun Red Cross activity for high school students. Learn how to hurricane proof a house – then build one to withstand a leaf blower hurricane.

General Resources

 Canadian Hurricane Centre kids pages. Excellent resource for learning about hurricanes

 Weather Resources for weather projects and lessons

Hurricane Guide from the University of Illinois WW2010 web site. Excellent resource for information and research

Hurricane Science Excellent site for research written at grades 3-6 level. Teacher resources section undeveloped, but student sections offer great information and some activities

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