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Hurricane Tracking - COSEE Coastal Trends

Lesson Plan 

Students select a named hurricane and plot its course using latitude and longitude data provided by National Hurricane Center reports to illustrate the concept that hurricanes originate in and travel across the ocean. Students also conduct research on the formation of their selected hurricane and the amount of damage it caused.

Concept: Ocean, weather, and climate
The ocean controls weather and climate.

National Science Education Standards
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K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Evidence, models, and explanation
Constance, change, and measurement

9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry

9-12 B Physical Science
Motions and forces
Interactions of energy and matter

9-12 D Earth and Space Science
Energy in the earth system

9-12 F Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Personal and community health
Natural Resources
Natural and hum-induced hazards

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 3. The ocean is major influence on weather and climate (concept a)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 10 Air-Sea Interaction