What Could A Hurricane Do To My Home?

This activity examines the impacts of hurricanes and storm surges on coastal communities.

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Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Resource is written for an audience that lives in coastal areas. Educators of students who don't live in coastal areas will have to alter the language of the questions.

Prior to this activity make sure that the students are familiar with the concept of contour lines. (see the link to "What do maps show?" on page 5)

Educator might need to provide more explicit instruction about how to plot the data on the map, especially with respect to low and high tide.

Instructor should consider following up lesson with the discussion of ways society can take steps to protect coastal communities from extreme weather effects, and how to adjust land planning to minimize impacts.

Extension activity: have students research how coastal communities are adopting to increases in extreme weather events.

Extension with this activity that emphasizes climate connections to hurricanes that uses real data: [link http://www.windows2universe.org/teacher_resources/hurricane_climate/teac...