Severe Weather - Hurricanes!

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 10423

Storms can be pretty scary. There is one storm that actually has an eye! Using video, charts, and not-so-scary activities, learn about hurricanes and safety, and make your own poem or presentation!


Earth Science, Earth Science

learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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What is this swirling mass of clouds pictured above and how does it happen?

Weather is the condition of the air or atmosphere.

Severe weather is any dangerous act of nature that puts people, animals, or buildings at risk.

Some kinds of severe weather are more likely to occur than others in a given region or area. Weather scientists, or meteorologists, forecast severe weather so that communities can prepare for and respond to these weather events.

Types of severe weather include thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards. In this lesson, you will investigate the characteristics and formation of hurricanes, as well as hurricane preparedness using videos, hands-on activities, and interesting projects!

  1. Begin a KWL chart for this lesson. Print the Graphic Organizer – 3 Column Chart found in the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.
  2. At the top of the first column, write What Do I KNOW?
  3. At the top of the second column, write What Do I WANT to Know?
  4. At the top of the third column, write What Did I LEARN?
  5. Before watching the videos below, write what you KNOW about hurricanes in the first column and what you WANT to know about hurricanes in the second column. You may use drawings to illustrate your thoughts.
  6. Watch How Do Hurricanes Form? - Instant Egghead #8 (below) to learn about hurricanes and how they form.
  7. Pause the video to take notes in the What Did I LEARN? column of your KWL Chart as you learn new things. You can draw or write in the column.
  8. You may have also thought of something else you WANT to know. You can add that to the second column and continue to research hurricanes.

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Read (or have your teacher read to you) about hurricanes on National Geographic Kids - Hurricane. Continue to add to your KWL Chart. Share with a friend or family member what you learned about hurricanes and how they form.

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