In the midst of hurricane forces making the news or in the study of weather phenomena, these pages will provide the opportunity to practice alphabetical order skills combined with this weather extreme.
This packet includes:
(a) 4 work pages based on year, each one with either 2017-2020 hurricanes names,
to practice putting the storm names in ABC order
(b) 8 pages with 10 cards per page, two sheets that are color coded by hurricane year,
with each card containing the name of a hurricane from that year
(c) 2 pages with 10 blank hurricane cards per page
(d) Hurricane symbol for bulletin board tracking
(a) Each worksheet begins with information that defines a hurricane. Following this introduction, students are guided to put the scrambled list of hurricane names for that year in alphabetical order. At the end of each page, students are asked to list the letters of the alphabet not used for naming the 21 hurricanes (Q,U,X,Y,Z) Students are also to think critically with an open-ended response for why they think these five letters of the alphabet are not used in hurricane names.
(b) The hurricane cards can be copied and cut apart for hands on activity to place the word cards in alphabetical order. This may be done individually, in small groups, or as a whole class activity where students move to create a line of hurricanes in ABC order either adding one student/card at a time to the list or with a bit more challenge, moving simultaneously to create a list in ABC order.
(c) Track the hurricanes as they are named throughout the hurricane season by displaying the list of cards in ABC order on a bulletin board. As the next storm develops and is named, place the hurricane symbol next to the current storm in the weather reports. Add any articles and pictures of hurricane current events from magazines, newspapers, or that are downloaded to the display. Add any books that support hurricane study - both non-fiction and fiction, as a study/reading/resource area for students.
Two excellent resources with information on hurricanes and their names:
NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
Tropical Cyclone Naming History and Retired Names
WORLD METEOROLOGICAL ORGANIZATION