We currently have three curriculum units that focus on the coastal hazards of hurricanes and storm surge. These lessons are designed to be used together, or individually as time within your classroom allows. Each unit includes directions, student worksheets, introductory powerpoint lectures, background information and relevant national and Alabama standards, Ocean and Climate Literacy principles.
The first lesson, "In the Path of the Storm", focuses on hurricane science and introduces to students to scientific modeling through short storm surge simulation videos.
The second lesson, "Visualizing Hurricanes", looks at storm surge and storm surge math in depth. It challenges students to interact with the REAL program, a scientific visualization tool, and explore how coastal areas flood when hurricanes approach land. A tutorial PowerPoint, "Google Earth 101" is included with this lesson to aid your students in the use of the REAL visualization tool.
The third lesson, "Oh Buoy!", is a data rich activity that guides students through the use of the National Data Buoy Center and hurricane data collection.
The SURGE GAME is an online game that allows students to choose the intensity of their storm and the landfall location along the northern Gulf coast. Students can watch the water levels change as their storm approaches shore and monitor tidal stations over the course of the storm.