Students work in pairs or groups to interpret graphs containing historical data of hurricanes, and then answer questions that assess their understanding and their ability to analyze the data.
hurricanes, graphs, environmental science
Hurricanes impact millions of lives each year. Heighten student awareness of hurricanes and the damage they inflict while reviewing and improving students' graph interpretation skills.
Begin the lesson by reviewing what students know about hurricanes. If you'd like, use CNN's report on Hurricanes to ensure that students understand such basics as the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity and which areas are hit most often. Depending on the amount of time available for the lesson, students can investigate the site themselves and answer basic questions on its content, or you can project the site to the entire class and discuss it as a class.
Then discuss issues of population movement towards coastal areas, as well as the role that media plays in warning of approaching storms. Explain to students that they are going to work in pairs to compare past storms and then decide which storm was the most damaging, based on population changes and available means of communication.
Arrange students into pairs or small groups and assign each group or pair a coastal county on the Gulf of Mexico or along the eastern seaboard. Then
Extension Activity:If time permits, have pairs or groups share their information with their classmates, and then work together to create a larger picture of the types of hurricanes that hit various counties of the coastal United States.
Suggested Graph Questions
Questions for Understanding
AssessmentAssess students on their
Lesson Plan Source
MATHEMATICS: Data Analysis and Probability
GRADES 6 - 8
NM-DATA.6-8.1 Formulate Questions That Can Be Addressed With Data and Collect, Organize, and Display Relevant Data to Answer
NM-DATA.6-8.2 Select and Use Appropriate Statistical Methods to Analyze Data
NM-DATA.6-8.3 Develop and Evaluate Inferences and Predictions That Are Based on Data
GRADES 9 - 12
NM-DATA.9-12.1 Formulate Questions That Can Be Addressed With Data and Collect, Organize, and Display Relevant Data to Answer
NM-DATA.9-12.2 Select and Use Appropriate Statistical Methods to Analyze Data
NM-DATA.9-12.3 Develop and Evaluate Inferences and Predictions That Are Based on Data
MATHEMATICS: Problem Solving
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Civics