Stay Safe In The Eye Of The Storm
Lesson 3 of 5
Objective: Create a poster and a PSA explaining the importance of hurricane preparedness based on scientific research by experts.
Before I begin a lesson, I will sometimes start with a graphic organizer to help me assess whether we need to revisit any information before we move on. I did that with this lesson by creating a Hurricanes Are Have Can organizer. I also used a short video clip from the BBC to enable my students to revisit how hurricanes form and the devastation they can cause.
I created a Hurricane Preparedness PowerPoint because I wanted to give my students a lot of visuals as background knowledge, especially since they are going to create safety posters as well as a short PSA on hurricane safety. The PowerPoint also helps me touch upon diverse learning styles in my classroom, the pictures along with the videos and the written work ensures that they are able to access the the information on different platforms.
Though we watched clips about preparing for a hurricane, as well as posters depicting how communities can prepare, I felt that it was important for my students to have a written text to refer to. The Common Core emphasizes the importance of referring to the text as the basis for your answers and the owlie-hurricane from the NOAA made the perfect addition to this lesson. The students also used a focus page I created, Hurricane PREPAREDNESS What Can You Do?, to help keep their thoughts and information organized. The posters really allowed students to use the facts and explore their own creativity in order to emphasize the DCI idea "that you cannot eliminate natural hazards but can take steps to reduce their impacts".
Class Discussion/Wrap Up
Working in small groups, while giving reasons and evidence, really helped my students connect with the information. The hurricane poster along with their short videos really had them understand the danger that hurricanes pose. This lesson also positioned them perfectly for our next lesson which will be on safe-guarding homes against flooding.