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Content, activities, and case studies are presented in a variety of ways. This pedagogical strategy makes this tutorial applicable to many ability levels.
See below for the section descriptions found within this tutorial:
-Storm category differentiation: depression, storm, hurricane, and major hurricane.
-Tropical formation environments and keys to development and/or dissipation.
Hurricane climatology, specific storms with complete life cycle (i.e. New England Hurricane of 1938).
-Hurricane season: breakdown by month with specific case studies incorporating track, cone of uncertainty, and most likely formation environment. Hurricane Alma, Hurricane Dennis, Chesapeake Hurricane of 1933, Cape May Hurricane of 1821, Hurricane Inez, and Hurricane Gordon.
-Basic terminology and features: Saffir-Simpson scale and hazards.
-National Weather Service Announcements: hurricane local statement, tropical storm watch, tropical storm warning, hurricane watch, and hurricane warning.
-Hurricane categories: Cat 1, Cat 2, Cat 3, Cat 4, and Cat 5. Description, damage, and specific hurricane examples. 5 category evaluation organizers complete with description, damage, graphical image, reality depiction, and actual storm example. 5 damage assessment organizers complete with reality depiction, graphical image and detailed actual storm example.
This works well for any level but is GREAT for special education students or college prep learners that need an alternative assessment and may not be great at traditional labs.
Also, perfect for homeschooling!
WIDE RANGE OF ABILITY LEVELS! The application to a diverse body of learners, whether it be age or ability level, is predicated on the fact that the instructor determines the difficulty level of the whole activity or part of the activity based on what information is given and what information is not as well as how verbal questions are presented to the student(s).
This is a thorough and DYNAMIC activity that covers a ton of information about hurricanes and meteorology in general. This has been used as a pre-class, lab/activity, study guide, review, and assessment. This is an effective teaching tool one on one, in small groups, and as a class when using a Smart Board/Promethean Board/Projection.
A guaranteed hit all around!
A great addition to your meteorology teaching library.
Within the classroom, this activity has been consistently very successful and acclaimed by students in grades 5th – 10th within multiple types of schools - public, private, and charter.
This work has also been shared at workshops, in-services, and conferences.
Great feedback from parents, teachers, and administrators.
Answer key provided.
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*Activity designed, completed, and submitted at private residence/educational resource center*
Geo Leo and Meteo Mike
“The Tar Heel Tandem”
“Southern Science Specialists”