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Here’s a great lesson on Tracking Hurricanes

Subjects:

Language Arts, Science  

Grades:

4, 5  

Title – Hurricane Tracking
By – Carolyn Murray
Subject – Science, Language Arts
Grade Level – 4-5
Lesson Plan
Hurricane Tracking

CONTENT:
(This lesson is part of a long-term project on weather. More work would be done with this topic.)
Students will learn how to track hurricanes on a tracking map and understand hurricane watches and warnings and their meanings. These activities are done such that life long learning will take place and the ESOL students can teach their families this information and hopefully save some lives in the event of serious danger.
ESOL students will be able to perform all of the preceding areas of content using hands on activities to learn the material.

INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES:
Students will:
. Track a hurricane on a tracking map
. Understand the meaning of hurricane watches and warnings
. Know how to prepare for a hurricane

INSTRUCTIONAL PROCEDURES:
Lesson Initiating Activity
Students will complete a KWL Chart (D2) about hurricanes. Students will see various pictures (B5) of a hurricane (from radar, air force weather plane, TV news, etc.) to become accustomed to the look of the storm and the damage it can cause. Students might even watch a video documentary (B13) of Hurricane Andrew. Copies of these pictures would be placed in the students’ journals (D5) where they collect information received from the weather theme.
ESOL students will be able to see pictures of a hurricane to learn visually what one looks like. Students will track the hurricane on the tracking map, a skill that they can use in real life.

Core Activities
Throughout the day students will receive coordinates for the hurricane they are tracking. The teacher will model for the students how to track the first two coordinates on the large hurricane tracking map (B5). After that, students will track on their map as coordinates are received. A student will map the coordinates on the large map as they are received.
ESOL students will track in their books the coordinates and be able to compare their tracking with the model on the board.
Students will learn what a hurricane watch means, the color associated with it, the time and distance of the hurricane what should be done to prepare for the hurricane at this time. Students may take notes in their dialogue journals (D5).
ESOL students may draw pictures or write words in their journals to foster learning.
Students will learn what a hurricane warning means, the colors associated with it, the time and distance and what should be done to prepare for the hurricane’s approach. Students may take notes in their dialogue journals (D5).
ESOL students may draw pictures or write words in their journals to foster learning.
Closure Activity
Once in a hurricane warning, students will discuss what is needed to prepare for the hurricane and what they and their families should be doing at this point.
ESOL students may draw pictures or write words in their journals to foster learning.

MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT:
. Hurricane tracking maps (1 large and 30 smaller)
. Dialogue Journals
. Markers
. Pencils
. Pictures of Hurricanes
. Video Documentary on Hurricane Andrew (1991)

ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION:
1. Constant observation of individuals during activities (G10)
2. Overall Graphic Representation of Dialogue Journal (G5)
3. Review of tracking map in teacher-students meeting (G1)

FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES:
This lesson will continue as a part of an ongoing learning cycle on weather in Florida. Students will learn the categories of hurricanes, damage caused by hurricanes and how to rebuild and historical hurricanes that have effected Florida.

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