Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hurricanes, Primary Sources, Images, and Vocabulary ...

What do you think of when you hear the word Hurricane?

Do certain names pop to mind?

Do pictures of water, flooding, and damage?

What if nothing comes to mind when you hear that word if you have never really had any experiences with one?

I grew up in NC and our Outer Banks tend to get hit hard by Hurricanes. My uncle used to be in the Coast Guard at the NC Coast. We have been on vacation at the beach when we were evacuated for a hurricane.
None of my memories compare with any of the hurricane experiences of the people in areas like Florida and Louisiana ...

On the LEARN NC site, I found a portion of the digital textbook for NC History that is related to hurricanes, flooding, and NC History:

5.3 How does a hurricane form? 
  • This section is provided by NASA and contains images, defintions, and explanations. I found the differences between a tropical disturbance, tropical depression, and tropical cyclone to be quite interesting. There is even a chart that could be used as guided practice for reading a form of informational text. 
5.4 Understanding Floods
  • This section is provided by NOAA and contains vocabulary for various types of floods: river flood, coastal flooding, inland flooding, and flash flood. I may need to use this to give me ideas on how to explain to my daughter the flash flood warnings we kept getting over the weekend!
5.5 Mapping Rainfall and Flooding
  • In this section, you can find videos, images, charts, and graphs that would be great for learning about visual and digital literacy as well as how to interpret and analyze information presented in different formats.
5.6 The evacuation
  • I think there is a great opportunity to dicuss some problem-based learning related to the largest traffic jam mentioned in this section and the lane reversal plan to help prevent that in the future. This could also be used fordiscussing the skill of cause and effect.
 5.7 Rising Waters
  • At first I was not going to include this section, but this is a great example of an oral history in an interview format. You can download the recording to play but the transcript is also located below.
I now realize that I could go on and on and on ...

This digital textbook was originally written for 8th grade. I have found many ways to adjust, alter, and select parts of these primary and informational text sources to be used for many grades in many areas of the curriculum.

Asking questions, making connections, and creating comparisons are concepts that repeat throughout the Common Core Standards. Primary Source Documents come in handy in order to compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the events in history.

Think about the ways hurricane coverage, effects, and descruiction could be used for making connections as well as for comparing and contrasting ...

Think about the other sources that could be used to pull together that information ...

Think about the wide variety of research skills that could be used ...

As well as learning about perspectives and information text ....

You could also check out Wonderopolis Wonder #334 is What is a Hurricane?

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