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Created by Last updated 5/16/2016

Here is a list of useful resources for teaching about hurricanes and monsoons.

• Hurricanes

This is a lesson plan about hurricanes that uses TRMM data. It has a PowerPoint presentation, a Teacher's Guide, several Student Capture sheets, and supporting resources.
AAAS Benchmarks: MS-ESS3-2
• SciJinks: Whirlwind Disaster

This article discusses how hurricanes form, are named and categorized. An online game related to hurricanes is included, as is a short video featuring Hurricane Katrina.
AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/E5
• Hurricanes and Hot Towers with TRMM

In this lesson, students will think about their experiences with hurricanes and severe storms, and then learn the basics of what causes hurricanes to form. Students will learn how hurricane prediction has progressed, and how satellite technology is used to see inside storms to get improved data for enhancing computer-based mathematical models. To share what they’ve learned, students will create a news report (script or comic strip) to tell others about hurricanes and hurricane prediction. This lesson uses the 5E instructional model. -
• GPM: Hurricanes Beyond the Tropics

When New England was hit by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, there was not a satellite monitoring tropical storms that far north; the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) was operating in a band between the 35-degree latitudes. The Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission will change that. GPM will build upon TRMM's capacity by examining a larger swath of Earth with instruments that are more advanced and more sensitive. This video introduces the GPM satellite, its instruments and their capabilities. -
AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/M7

• Hurricane Katrina

This problem-based learning module asks students to consider how future climate change could impact the frequency and intensity of hurricanes. They are tasked with studying the trends and impacts of hurricanes on coastal regions. They proceed by conducting an Earth system analysis, examining connections and causal chains of impact that are set in motion by the hurricane throughout the Earth's atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere. Teacher notes, rubric, and background resources are included. The student pages are available as a separate page that can be printed or displayed on a computer.
AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/E5, 3C/H4
• Climate Kids: El Niño Quiets Monster Storms

The brief introduction to El Niño presented in this article also offers insights into its role during the quiet 2009 hurricane season. This article is part of the Climate Kids website, a NASA education resource featuring articles, videos, images and games focused on the science of climate change
AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/E5
• TRMM at 15: The Reign of Rain

This video summarizes the contributions of NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) toward the understanding of weather and climate, global rainfall, El Niño, and tropical storms, as well as the applications of that science. TRMM was launched in 1997; the video was produced in celebration of TRMM's 15-year anniversary
AAAS Benchmarks: 4B/E5, 4B/M7

• Building for Hurricanes: Engineering Design Challenge

This activity is a short engineering design challenge to be completed by individual students or small teams. A real-world problem is presented, designing buildings for hurricane-prone areas, but in a simulated way that works in a classroom, after school club, or informal education setting. Students are given simple materials and design requirements, and must plan and build a tower as tall as possible that will hold up a tennis ball while resisting the force of wind from a fan. After the towers are built, the group comes together to test them. If there is time after testing, which can be observational or framed as a contest between teams, students can redesign their towers to improve their performance, or simply discuss what worked well and what didn’t in their designs.
• Climate Prediction Center - Global Monsoons

This is the link to the Climate Prediction Center's latest data on monsoons.
• Observing Monsoon Weather Patterns with TRMM Data | Precipitation Education

Students will learn about measuring precipitation on the ground and using satellites, and use satellite data to analyze the reason for the monsoon weather pattern in India.This website, presented by NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, provides students and educators with resources to learn about Earth’s water cycle, weather and climate, and the technology and societal applications of studying them.