Compare: Compare hurricanes to other natural disasters. How are they alike and different… warning time, dangers, preparation, occurrence, impact on the area, etc.
Prepare / Read: If you live in a warm, tropical area near the ocean, you would be wise to be prepared for a hurricane. Most people wait until news comes that a hurricane is a couple days away from hitting them. By then it is too late to adequately prepare because stores do not have enough supplies for everyone at the same time. Consider all the things you would need to live with sufficient comfort for a few weeks if a hurricane took out your area’s electricity, water, roads, cell phone towers, internet, etc. Don’t forget about the difficulty of logistics (moving things around, etc.) but also remember that while we don’t know exactly where a storm will hit, we have a general idea for many days. You can also read Hurricane Preparedness for the Home and Family.
Calculate: Calculate all things related to the cost of a hurricane. Imagine all of Miami has to evacuate for two days, for example. Using census or other data, calculate how many cars would likely be on the road. Calculate how many water bottles would be needed for everyone to have the recommended amount. Calculate how many hours of school were missed by all student combined if a day was canceled, etc.
Teach Passively: What is angular momentum and the conservation of angular momentum? Conservation of angular momentum can be seen when an ice skater pulls their arms and legs in and speeds up, and extends them out to slow down. You can do this yourself spinning in a chair. After learning about the conservation of angular momentum, determine how it impacts the path of hurricanes.
Analyze: Observe and track a hurricane in real time, learning about the storm update schedule from the National Hurricane Center in Miami, about latitude and longitude, and about the ways that information is collected about storms.
Teach Passively: The principle way that we learn about hurricanes in formation is through satellite imagery. Satellites orbit the earth and give us information we cannot easily get from the earth’s surface. Thanks to satellites we can predict where hurricanes will go with some accuracy, giving the residents of those areas a chance to prepare themselves.
Read: Do an investigation of the rating systems for hurricanes. Look up the strongest hurricanes in recorded history in this National Geographic article and learn about where, when, and how fast the wind speeds were for these hurricanes.
Create: Use spinning/ angular momentum forces to produce art. You can use an art spinner or salad spinner to do this.
How else might important subject matter be learned from this interest topic? Comment below! Half-baked ideas are more than welcome, too.