Hurricane Development (Science)


Hurricane season occurs every year. Sometimes it's a mild season and sometimes it's devastating. The 2017 hurricane season was an example of a devastating year. In these lessons, students will learn about how hurricanes form and the factors that contribute to the intensity of recent hurricanes. They will design a solution to mitigate the effects of a hurricane in a community.


The purpose of this second lesson is to build on prior knowledge about convection currents and how atmospheric conditions create hurricanes. Students begin with a Quick Write comparing hurricane formation to convection currents.

During the lesson students will watch a short video on hurricane formation and complete a word web. They will also use the internet to research how hurricanes form, and use a hurricane simulator to create the perfect conditions for a hurricane to form.

Lesson Times

Quick Write
5 Minutes
Word Web
5 Minutes
Internet Research: Hurricane Formation
2 Class Periods
Hurricane Formation Scenarios
30 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

K-12 Subjects
  • Science
Grade Levels
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9

Standards and Objectives


Next Generation Science Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Student will be able to identify the parts of a hurricane.
  • Students will be able to identify the conditions necessary for a hurricane to develop.
  • Students will be able to simulate the perfect conditions for a hurricane.

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