Web site: Hurricane Sandy: Super Storm Slams East Coast States (YouTube)
Tin pans, sand, water, wind turbines(pinwheels) and oil well(toothpicks), fan
Digital anemometer, data sheet
How did Hurricane Sandy affect the beaches?
What damage did you observe? Be specific
What could have been done to minimize the damage?
What damage occurred to your coastline at the low wind speed/high wind speed?
How can you link your model damage to the damage seen on the video? Be specific.
What could you do to your model to minimize the damage?
Plans for part 1 of activity
Students write the 3 guiding questions- A, B, C in their Science notebook prior to watching the video. After viewing the video, the questions are answered and discussed in Discourse.
Plans for part 2 of activity
Questions D, E, F are written in student's Science notebooks.
Working in groups of 3 or 4, students build a coastline with sand and water in a tin pan. Models of wind turbines(pinwheels), oil wells(toothpicks)are included along the coastline(continental shelf). An anemometer reading is recorded with the fan at low speed, and again with the fan at high speed. The remaining questions are answered and discussed in Discourse.
Give written step-by-step instructions.
Simplify the guiding questions.
Group student with English speaking students.
Check for Understanding: Listen to responses during Discourse.