Writers: Katrina

Students learn about hurricanes and how to prepare for severe weather in these lesson plans.

Lesson Plans

Federal Emergency Management Agency for Kids: Hurricanes
Grade: K-4
This FEMA site explains hurricanes to a younger audience, with simple descriptions and explanations. This site is a good introduction to basic hurricane issues and concepts.

Understand Hurricanes
Grade: 2
Students can practice writing sentences using hurricane vocabulary.

The Eye of the Hurricane    
Grade: 3-5
This lesson introduces students to the structure of a hurricane, particularly the eye. You might want to use it as an introduction to a unit on hurricanes or weather phenomena. Students will view a video about hurricanes, do a simple hurricane simulation, take a tour into the eye of a hurricane, and write reports about their tour. 

Write a Hurricane Story
Grade: 3-5
If you live in an area that has experienced hurricanes, you might want to gather stories from neighbors, family, and friends. For help with conducting interviews and the oral history process, visit Oral History. But if you do not live in a hurricane area, write your own fiction story about a hurricane. Illustrate your finished hurricane story with drawings or photographs.

Hurricane Katrina Poetry
Grade: 3-5
Students will understand: some facts about the effects of Hurricane Katrina, how to construct a poem from words and phrases prompted by a picture, and how to revise and re-draft their work. 

Exploring Cause and Effect Using Expository Texts About Natural Disasters
Grade: 3-5
Students explore the nature and structure of expository texts that focusing on cause and effect and apply what they learned using graphic organizers and writing paragraphs to outline cause-and-effect relationships.

Survival Experts
Grade: 3-5, 6-8
Students take on the role of survival experts as they research and produce brochures or guides to educate others about what to do in the event of a natural disaster

Understanding Hurricanes
Grade: 4-6
Students will name the elements needed for the creation of a hurricane, identify the 5 categories of intensity using the Saffir/Simpson scale, and chart and graph the path of the hurricane using daily wind speeds.

Writing – Create a newspaper
Grade: 4-6
Arrange students into groups and provide each group with a list of Retiring Names of the Worst Hurricanes. Ask each group to choose from the list a hurricane that affected the United States, research the hurricane, and then create a newspaper about it. Encourage students to name their newspapers appropriately based on the hurricane's path, to accurately represent costs according to the actual year in which the hurricane occurred, and to include graphics, advertisements, and cartoons that reflect the concerns of area residents.

Preparing for Natural Disasters
Grade: 4-6
This social studies lesson provides information and safety tips for different natural disasters. It integrates technology, writing, and art activities. The included slideshow may be presented to the whole group, or students may navigate it independently or in small groups.

Weather Lesson Plans on Hurricanes
Grade: 4-6
Students will learn and use descriptive terms such as spiraling, cyclone, typhoon, humidity, and tropical to tell about hurricanes in oral and written formats.

Natural Disasters
Grade: 5
The student will draft written explanation of one type of natural disaster, write a narrative on the impact of a natural disaster on a community, and write information report on one type of natural disaster.

Grade: 6-8
This lesson plan that helps students understand how wind speed increases ocean waves and why higher waves occur in shallow water.

Natural Disasters
Grade: 5-6
Writing a narrative on the impact of a natural disaster on a community.

When Natural Hazards Become Human Disasters
Grade: 6-8
In this lesson, students will gain a better understanding of natural events and consider the dangers that natural hazards and natural disasters pose to humans. Through writing, and by gathering and comparing data, students will examine factors that make hazards a threat to people.

Tracking a Hurricane
Grade: 6-10                                                                                                                                                                   
This lesson plan allows students to apply knowledge of what satellite imagery tells and allows them to create a descriptive hypothesis of the ground phenomenon during a hurricane.

Daily Writing Prompts
Grade: 7-9
Over the past several years, think about the natural disasters that have taken place in your area, in your state, in your country, and around the world. What do you think has been the greatest natural disaster and why?

Handle a Hurricane
Grade: 7-12
Learn about hurricanes. Learn about the potential dangers to coastal towns. Use decision making skills. Use writing to explain a decision and answer questions about hurricanes. 

The Gulf Coast Region: Geography, Demographics and the Effects of Hurricane Katrina
Grade: 9-12
This lesson plan explores sea levels, levees, and storm surge as it relates to hurricanes.  Students will research history, topography, economics, and demographics of the Gulf Coast Region and New Orleans as well as the long term effects of Hurricane Katrina.

Hurricane Katrina: You Be the Reporter
Grade: 9-12
In this lesson plan, students identify key elements of news stories, feature stories, and editorials related to Hurricane Katrina and use them as models for constructing their own writing pieces.

Hurricane Watch
Grade: 1-2, 3-5, 6-8
This website provides background information and lesson activity ideas for hurricanes.  Activities include how hurricanes are named, making a weather station, tracking a hurricane, graphing hurricanes over the decades, and much more.

In Katrina’s Wake
Grade: 9-12
Students read an article about the effects of Hurricane Katrina. They identify any health issues and write an opinionated paper about the information they found in the article. They examine any health hazards in the area as well.

Hurricane Katrina
Grade: 9-12
Identify the key elements of news stories, feature stories, and editorials. Demonstrate the ability to distinguish opinions from facts. Read news, feature articles and editorials related to Hurricane Katrina and use them as models for constructing their own writing pieces.Work in a small group to create news stories, feature stories and editorials/letters to the editor and organize them in a podcast, video-based program, or newspaper/magazine focused on Hurricane Katrina. Complete a written response activity related to lesson content.

U.S. National Hurricane Center
The National Hurricane Center provides current data, predictions, infrared images of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, hurricane history, and a list of the deadliest, costliest, most intense U.S. tropical cyclones from 1851-2004. Also included is the Hurricane Hunters Home Page, which takes the user along on a past flight into the eye of a hurricane.  

Weather Wiz Kids
This website was designed especially for kids to allow them to learn more about the fascinating world of weather. It’s also a wonderful educational website for teachers and parents to give them the right tools to explain the different types of weather to children.

Hurricane Kit Checklist
All Grade Levels

How Hurricanes Work
http://www.howstuffworks.com/hurricane.htm                                                                                                                                                   All Grade Levels                                                                                                                                                                                                            This article will introduce students to how hurricanes work, how a hurricane forms, the lifecycle of a hurricane and much more.

Atlantic Hurricane Tracking Chart
All Grade Levels      

Hurricane Tracking Chart
All Grade Levels                           

Hurricane Katrina
All Grade Levels
Hurricane Katrina hit the southeastern United States in August 2005. This link provides printables, articles, and references to help students understand and cope with the devastation caused by this natural disaster. Explore how meteorologists track storms, learn how to prepare for a hurricane, and examine maps of the regions affected by Hurricane Katrina. You will also find intervention strategies that will help you support children coping with crises.

Tropical Twisters: Hurricanes: How They Work and What They Do
All Grade Levels
One of NASA’s most important missions is to develop an understanding of the total Earth system and study the effects of natural and human-induced changes on the global environment.  To achieve these goals, NASA has developed satellites and ground programs which study and monitor hurricanes and other climatic events.  This website explains how hurricanes are created, why hurricanes move and how dangerous hurricanes are.