Students can track the path of any hurricane and predict its course by calculating the time it will take the hurricane to make landfall by using the equation time = distance/speed!!!
If you’re students already know how to use the speed triangle or solve for Time using the equation for speed than this could be a quick assignment or homework. However if you haven’t introduced them to motion, speed, velocity, reference points, and vectors, I provide a PowerPoint that will teach them before they calculate and predict the path of a current hurricane. I first have the students look up the definitions using a book or the internet and write the answers down on a piece of paper. After they are done we discuss what they all mean and I give real life examples to put the vocabulary into context. I then teach my students how to use the speed triangle using the next slides on the PowerPoint. I allow them to try some of the speed, distance and time word problems after I model the first few.
Once I feel they have a grasp on how to calculate speed, distance and time, I pass out the hurricane tracker handout. I give them the location (reference point), distance from the US, the hurricane’s speed and its velocity using the website nhc.noaa.gov. They then calculate the time it should take to make landfall based on the speed and distance I give them. Their predictions may not be the same as the expert’s, but the whole point or goal is that students learn how to apply vocabulary and math to real world problems and stay up on current events. For homework the students then check the website for updates and recalculate the path of the hurricane. Depending on your student population, you may need to give them more guidance or fill in the data table in class every day.
You also get a CER graphic organizer! With this product students will understand the science and impact of Hurricane Harvey using a National Geographic article. Students will use evidence in the article that climate change may be a contributing factor to the intensity of Hurricane Harvey.
Claim Evidence Reasoning or C.E.R. charts are great for getting your students to explain phenomena in a meaningful way and it allows you as the instructor to adequately assess their understanding of concepts. The students figure out what the "Claim" is in the article, they then use data that supports the claim in the "Evidence" section, draw visual evidence and then explain why the evidence supports the claim in the "Reasoning " section.
You get a CER graphic organizer, the key, the article and the link to the website which is at the end of the article. This can be used as a current event and/or relating to weather, pressure and states of matter.
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