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Southeast and Gulf State Weather
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Students will be able to explain how hurricanes are formed and the effects of hurricanes based on their understanding of scientific information found from an online source.
- Have students come together near the map of the United States.
- Tell students that they will be learning about the Southeast and Gulf State region.
- Ask students to look at the map of the United States and predict which states are in the Gulf State region.
- After students have made their guesses, reveal that the Southeast and Gulf States are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Point out these states on the map.
- Ask students if they have ever heard of any weather problems in these states.
- Direct the conversation toward hurricanes.
- At this point, tell the students that they will be learning more about hurricanes and the devastating effects that hurricanes have had on this region.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Pull up the Severe Weather: Hurricanes website. Guide students through the background knowledge section of the hurricane module, and instruct them to see pictures of hurricanes from space.
- Actively engage students by having them click within the website, and ask them to read aloud the information on the screen.
Guided Practice(5 minutes)
- Show your students how to use a search engine to look up webpages related to hurricanes in the Southeast and Gulf States.
- As a class, brainstorm a list of potential search terms. For example: Hurricanes in Florida, effect of hurricanes in Southern United States, etc.
- Input one of these search terms, and demonstrate to students how to choose a website for researching. Encourage students to look for .gov or .edu websites.
- Explain to students that they will now have the opportunity to look at some of these websites to learn more about hurricanes.
- Have them write down at least two facts about hurricane formation and two facts about the effects of hurricanes.
Independent working time(15 minutes)
- If students need to wait to use the computer or other technology, encourage them to learn more about hurricanes through books or other hard copy resources.
- Encourage your students to write a poem or story about hurricanes while they wait.
- Enrichment: Bring in an expert who has experienced a hurricane, or have your students write a letter to a weather service asking questions about hurricanes.
- Support: Ask your students to present the information they learned orally or through pictures. Encourage students to use websites that offer a variety of audio, visual, and text-based explanations.
- Students will use computers to research and learn about hurricanes.
- Check your students' facts about hurricane formation and the effects of hurricanes.
- Make sure your students can correctly locate and identify the Southeast and Gulf States on a map of the United States.
Review and closing(10 minutes)
- Call students together to have a group discussion about hurricane formation and the effects of hurricanes.
- As the conversation is coming to a close, remind students that hurricanes are common in the Southeast and Gulf States (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina).
- Point out or have students point out where these states are on the map of the United States.