Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricanes and the Common Core

It seems that we just had one extreme condition that got the kids talking,  (See Turning an Earthquake into Learning.) when another extreme condition comes along!  Yes, Hurricane Sandy (aka Frankenstorm) is heading our way!

This storm is unique in a couple of ways:
  1. It is a HUGE slow moving storm.  According to the local news, the storm winds extend 500 miles from the eye of the storm. Yes, that's 1,000 miles in diameter!  The fact that it's moving so slowly means that the wind and rain will last longer.
  2. It's a full moon tomorrow.  To those of us near the coast, that means the tides will be higher than normal, plus the storm surge pushes that water up even higher.  
We're bracing for coastal damage, flooding, and power failures.

Of course, when you're 7, your biggest concern is trick or treating. The next concern is their electrical games, ipods, ipads, and videos.  I'm thinking this a great opportunity for finding some of those old fashioned ways to have fun!  (Of course, I'll be lost without my laptop, which pretty much has a non-functional battery!)

I was looking for some Informational books on Hurricanes, and found these on Amazon:
                      

I've already ordered the Gail Gibbons book!  Her books are great informational text for second graders, they're written with enough information to keep them interesting, yet they're on the child's level so they can understand them.

I turned the earthquake into a writing project on narratives.  I thought I'd turn the hurricane into a writing project on opinion writing!

I'll work on this Common Core Standards:  

2.W.1:  Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply reasons that support the opinion, use linking words (e.g. because, and also) to connect opinion and reasons, and provide a concluding statement or section.


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I made up this graphic organizer, along with a couple of samples.  I thought they could choose from a few hurricane related topics:  favorite kind of weather, favorite "non-electric" activity, favorite book, etc.  I always believe that children need to talk before they write, so I'd share my samples, and enhance each time to make the story more interesting.




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