Hurricanes in History

A lesson plan that leads students through reading and analyzing graphs. A group activity that teaches students to read and analyze graphs.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3003.2.7
Participate in work teams and group discussions.
CLE 3003.6.3
Read, interpret, and analyze graphics that support complex informational and technical texts.
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Students will:If time permits, have pairs or groups share their information with their classmates, and then work together to create a larger picture of the types of hurricanes that hit various counties of the coastal United States.
Suggested Graph Questions 

Questions for Understanding

  • How many total hurricanes struck your assigned county in the last century?
  • During which decade did the most hurricanes hit the county?
  • How many of those hurricanes were category 1-2?
  • How many hurricanes were category 3-5?
  • How many hurricanes were direct strikes vs. indirect strikes?
  • What is the difference between direct and indirect strikes?
  • How many of the hurricanes that struck your county moved from water to land (Conventional Landfall Storm)?
  • What was the population of your county as of 2000?
  • When did a hurricane last hit your county? Describe it (direct/indirect/ category?/conventional or exiting).
  • Questions for Analysis/Inference
  • Given all the information on the graph, which hurricane in your assigned county (give the year) was most damaging? Consider population, media, as well as hurricane data.
  • Using the information on the graph, describe the typical hurricane that hits your county (direct/indirect, conventional/exiting, category 1-2 or 3-5).
  • Considering the hurricane data on the graph, would you choose to live in that county? If you did live there, what precautions would you take (construction, 
  • Interpret data displayed in a graph
  • Make inferences based on graphical data
  • Work efficiently with a partner or team.