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Series of Labs that explore the formation and impact of hurricanes. Key Questions include: What is a hurricane? How do they form? When and where do hurricanes occur? Has the frequency and intensity of hurricanes changed over time? What factors influence the strength or intensity of hurricanes? How do warm ocean waters fuel hurricanes? What are the dangers to life and property in a hurricane? Lab 1: Meteorological Monsters Lab 2: Hurricane Anatomy Lab 3: Putting Hurricanes on the Calendar Lab 4: Putting Hurricanes on the Map Lab 5: All About Air Pressure Lab 6: Why Keep an Eye on the Barometer? Lab 7: Hurricanes and Heat Transfer Lab 8: Hot Water and Hurricanes Lab 9: Death and Destruction


  • Science > General
  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-07-07.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This external links leads to a resource from The Science Education Resource Center (SERC), at Carleton College and is designed for the high school Earth Science student. Over the course of nine labs, students will use a variety of data, video, animations and hand-on lab activities to learn about hurricanes and related science concepts (such as heat transfer and air pressure). Each lesson plan is detailed and complete, and includes goals, objectives, procedures, all printables, and answer keys. Each student-facing activity includes both “Checking In” (to help students stay on track and prepare for discussion and “Stop and Think questions” (intended to helps students check content learning). Many of these activities work best if students have access to a computer individually or in small groups. With access to the necessary technology and easily-accessible materials, this unit is immediately useful in the classroom.
Christine Mytko
July 7, 2011

Wow, this unit is so well-organized, and includes all teacher resources as well as a student-facing portion for each lesson. Other available EarthLabs include: corals, the cryosphere, drought, earth science systems, and fisheries! http://serc.carleton.edu/earthlabs/

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