Hurricanes and Global Climate Change

Don't blow past a resource on hurricanes. The lesson and activity focus on the effect that El Nino and atmospheric carbon dioxide have on hurricanes, both in terms of frequency and intensity. Scholars build on basic hurricane knowledge and investigate possible connections between hurricanes and global climate change. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners each pick a different hurricane to research in terms of strength and path
Classroom Considerations

  • Internet access is necessary if pupils need to conduct outside research
  • It is helpful if learners have familiarity with El Nino and La Nina
  • Third lesson in a series of four on weather and climate
Pros

  • Provides maps and diagrams to use with a projector or to make into transparencies
  • Includes reproducible student note sheets
Cons

  • Outdated hurricane name list (only goes up to 2012)