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Students will work in cooperative groups to investigate hurricanes and invent a way to diffuse or redirect a hurricane before it becomes destructive.
- Students will work in cooperative groups to investigate hurricanes and invent a way to diffuse or redirect a hurricane.
- Students will present their final solution with a prototype model and a digital presentation.
- First, divide class into cooperative groups of four.
- Each group will need to have a scientist, mathematician, technologist, and sociologist.
- Then, in their roles, the students will investigate the cause and effect of hurricanes. Their job is to gather information on past hurricanes and use this information to support a theoretical method to defuse or redirect a hurricane before it becomes destructive.
- The scientist will:
- identify the four conditions necessary for a hurricane to form.
- define the stages of development of a hurricane.
- list the factors that determine the category of a hurricane.
- The mathematician will:
- choose three hurricanes and graph the wind speeds of these hurricanes.
- determine the factor that causes the wind speeds to change.
- graph the path at least three hurricanes to determine if there is a geometric pattern.
- The sociologist will:
- locate and download a variety of maps that include the regions in which most Atlantic hurricanes occur.
- label all land masses including hemispheres and continents.
- identify the effects of a hurricane on commerce, food supply, healthcare/disease, communication, roads, shelter, and power.
- The technologist will:
- Act as consultant to the other members of the group.
- provide technical support.
- gather information from team and enter into final presentation.
Sunshine State Standards
NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students
- Use content-specific tools, software, and simulations (e.g., environmental probes, graphing calculators, exploratory environments, Web tools) to support learning and research.
- Apply productivity/multimedia tools and peripherals to support personal productivity, group collaboration, and learning throughout the curriculum.
- Design, develop, publish, and present products (e.g., Web pages, videotapes) using technology resources that demonstrate and communicate curriculum concepts to audiences inside and outside the classroom.
- Collaborate with peers, experts, and others using telecommunications and collaborative tools to investigate curriculum-related problems, issues, and information, and to develop solutions or products for audiences inside and outside the classroom.
- Select and use appropriate tools and technology resources to accomplish a variety of tasks and solve problems.
- Demonstrate an understanding of concepts underlying hardware, software, and connectivity, and of practical applications to learning and problem solving.
- Internet access
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