I can explain how to stay safe during a hurricane.

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Students learn about hurricanes and how to prepare for one. They'll learn what to do before a hurricane hits, during a hurricane, and after.



Learning objective

Students will be able to identify an hurricane and explain how to prepare for one.


Students are asked to turn and talk to a partner about the how they prepare for a rainy day. Introduce the term 'hurricane' and explain that they are very strong, spinning storms. Tell students that by learning about hurricanes, they can learn to be prepared when they do occur. Watch the video presented in the lesson to give a visual representation of hurricanes and then answer the question based on the video.


Explain 'who' and 'where' by defining who studies hurricanes and where hurricanes occur, which is all over the world where there are warm water oceans. Next, explain that hurricanes are most common in the summer months and that a hurricane starts as a thunderstorm over the ocean, which then spins and turns into a hurricane. Discuss what to do if you find yourself in a hurricane by telling students what to do before, during, and after a hurricane. Tell students that the best preparation is to be aware of the weather daily and to bring outdoor items inside. They should also know that they might need to evacuate, board their windows and prepare an emergency kit. If they do get into a hurricane, the tips for during a hurricane are to move to higher ground and to turn off major appliances. Most important is to stay inside. After the hurricane, students should be careful with electrical appliances and check for damage. Have students to fill in the blanks with words from the word bank. Then ask students to draw a line between an action and whether it should be done before, during, or after a hurricane. As a class, read the paragraph and form pairs to discuss what Rebecca can do to be better prepared.


Students are asked true/false questions about key information given in the lesson. They are then asked to determine what they should do before, during or after a hurricane and given multiple choice questions about the content.


Discuss the learning goal with students and check to see if they can identify a hurricane and determine what to do to survive a hurricane. Close the lesson by having students spin the wheel and to share what they would do before, during or after a hurricane.

Teaching tips

If you live in a location that has a high likelihood of hurricanes, you may choose to incorporate that into your lesson with locations or areas that students are familiar with that were hit. Since some students are very scared of natural hazards, make sure to reassure them that by following the steps given and that by being prepared they increase their chances of survival in these situations.

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