Hurricane season is upon us. The Pacific hurricane season began May 15, while the hurricane season in the Atlantic began June 1. The season continues through November 30. This collection of Science NetLinks lessons and resources will help teachers and students learn more about hurricanes, wind, and other weather.
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  • Hurricanes 1: The Science of Hurricanes

    Hurricanes 1: The Science of Hurricanes

    3-5  |  Video
    This lesson introduces students to the science of hurricanes in an effort to highlight how forces change the speed and direction of motion.
  • Properties of Air

    Properties of Air

    3-5  |  Hands-On
    This lesson demonstrates that air takes up space, and puts pressure, or pushes, on everything around it.
  • Air Masses

    Air Masses

    In this lesson, students develop an understanding of air masses and the role they play in weather and climate.


  • Animated guide: Hurricanes

    Animated guide: Hurricanes

    3-8  |  Website
    Animated guides: Hurricanes is one of three animated guides to the world’s most devastating phenomena found on the BBC website.


  • Record Hurricanes

    Learn more about hurricanes -- why they have names, which years have had the most, and which ones have been the most destructive -- in this 2016 blog post from Science NetLinks.

Science Updates

  • Adaptive Happiness

    Adaptive Happiness

    6-12  |  Audio
    This Science Update examines how Hurricane Katrina survivors got over the trauma of the hurricane surprisingly quickly.
  • Hurricanes


    6-12  |  Audio
    Hurricanes cycle through long periods of high and low activity.
  • Katrina Mental Health

    Katrina Mental Health

    6-12  |  Audio
    This Science Update looks at the mental health of victims of hurricane Katrina.
  • Cyclone Drift

    Cyclone Drift

    6-12  |  Audio
    Cyclones have been peaking in intensity closer and closer to the poles over the last 30 years.



  • The Science of Weather

    The Science of Weather

    This collection focuses on different types of weather and the natural forces that cause them.

Other Resources

Forces of Nature: Hurricanes
Grade Band: K-12
Description: This National Geographic site offers information about hurricanes and some of the most costly natural disasters in U.S. history.

National Hurricane Center
Grade Band: K-12
Description: The National Hurricane Center tracks hurricanes and provides up-to-the-minute information about tropical storms.

Weather Whiz Kids: Hurricanes
Grade Band: K-12
Description: Created by a meteorologist, this site gives a lot of solid information about hurricanes, how they form, and the terminology used to describe them. Also offers links to supply checklists, evacuation tips, lesson plans, and related hands-on activities.

Ready.gov: Know the Facts: Hurricanes
Grade Band: K-5
Description: The federal government gives kids basic information on hurricanes and what to do before, during, and after they occur.

Explain hurricanes to kids: How do storms form and what damage can they cause?
Grade Band: K-5
Description: AccuWeather offers kid-friendly explanations of hurricanes.

Web Weather for Kids: Hurricanes
Grade Band: K-12
Description: The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)'s Center for Science Education shares information on how and where hurricanes form, what storm surge is, and safety tips, among other resources.

Grade Band: 3-12
Description: The NOAA's Weather & Atmosphere Education Resource section offers lessons, videos, real world data, career profiles, and more.

What Are Hurricanes
Grade Band: 5-8
Description: Part of the NASA Knows! series, this provides basic information on hurricanes, as well as related resources, on topics such as climate change, and information on the role NASA plays in hurricane research.

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