Not every lesson is planned. This just happened as students starting asking "Where is Joaquin?"
Using technology, science, social studies & math all in one lesson, we are busy tracking Hurricane Joaquin journey up the East Coast.
We pulled up the current activity and updated it from a Tropical Storm to a Hurricane. A tropical storm has a wind speed of up to 73 mph, but winds greater than 74 mph are classified as hurricanes. Hurricanes can then be classified into five different categories. But, hurricanes don't randomly form out of tropical storms; it takes a particular set of ingredients.
We plotted the latitude and longitude of the storms movement on our maps. First, we marked the latitude, then the longitude, where they intersect is the location of the storm. We will continue to watch Joaquin as it travels. It sure did make for a fun day with Joaquin!