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Author

MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science

Resource Types

  • Podcasts, 12 minutes, 19 seconds
  • Lesson Plans
  • Worksheets
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Hurricanes and Climate Change

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Synopsis
  • This resource about hurricanes and climate change includes a lesson plan, student worksheet, podcast, discussion, interactive computer modeling, and a graphing and data analysis exercise. 
  • Students will learn about how hurricanes form, the economic costs of these storms, how climate change is making these storms more extreme, and what some coastal communities are doing to adapt.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The podcast provides a great explanation of the science behind hurricane formation.
  • The educator guide can help incorporate this topic into many subject areas including science, math, English language arts, and design.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should know how to graph data.
  • A timestamped transcript accompanies the podcast for offline use.

Differentiation

Scientist Notes
This resource includes a podcast in which an MIT expert is interviewed and discusses the relationship between tropical cyclones (a.k.a. hurricanes) and our changing climate. The interactions between the atmosphere and the ocean are discussed, and the impact of sea level rise and storm surges on coastal communities is examined. A transcript and educator's guide, along with additional resource links, are provided. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.9 Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.
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