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Coastal Heritage Curriculum Connection

Explore Curriculum Connection guides, which are written to accompany each issue of Coastal Heritage, a quarterly publication of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

Coastal Heritage, Spring 2009 issue: Disaster Resilience: 20 Years After Hugo

Focus Questions

  • How did Hurricane Hugo impact the coastal area? How did Hurricane Katrina affect coastal Louisiana?
  • What does the term “disaster resiliency” mean? Give some examples of how South Carolina coastal communities have become disaster resilient.
  • What are two ecosystems that help protect coastal communities of South Carolina? Why do these areas help mitigate the impacts of big storms?

Use the Curriculum Connection to address these South Carolina Standards

4th Grade: Weather

4-4.3    Summarize the conditions and effects of severe weather phenomena (including thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes) and related safety concerns.

5th Grade: Ecosystems: Terrestrial and Aquatic

5-2.3    Compare the characteristics of different ecosystems (including estuaries/salt marshes, oceans, lakes and ponds, forests, and grasslands).

6th Grade: Earth’s Atmosphere and Weather

6-4.1    Summarize the relationship of the movement of air masses, high and low pressure systems, and frontal boundaries to storms (including thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes) and other weather conditions.

8th Grade: Earth’s Structure and Processes

8-3.9    Identify and illustrate geologic features of South Carolina and other regions of the world through the use of imagery (including aerial photography and satellite imagery) and topographic maps.

9th – 12th: Earth’s Atmosphere

ES-4.8    Predict weather conditions and storms (including thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes) on the basis of the relationship among the movement of air masses, high and low pressure systems, and frontal boundaries.

ES-4.6    Summarize possible causes of and evidence for past and present global climate changes.

ES-4.7    Summarize the evidence for the likely impact of human activities on the atmosphere (including ozone holes, greenhouse gases, acid rain, and photochemical smog).

Lesson Links

NOAA’s Coastal Services Center: Digital Coast

Check out your coastal elevation by visiting the NOAA Digital Coast site. Which areas of South Carolina have natural buffers of protection (ie., wetlands and barrier islands)? What areas might be more prone to heavy damage during another hurricane?  (6th – 12th)

NASA and NOAA’s Hurricane Information Sites

Hurricane season runs June 1 – November 30 of each year! With hurricane season right around the corner, check out the National Hurricane Center with NOAA to view real-time and past data on hurricane formation and pathways. You can also download blank hurricane tracking charts for this upcoming season! (4th – 12th)

Visit the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Windows to the Universe . This activity shows how climate and hurricanes are linked. (6th-9th)

NASA’s Hurricanes and Tropical Cyclones page provides an educator’s page for activities related to hurricanes. This site also provides real-time satellite data on sea-surface temperatures, which is often correlated with the intensity and frequency of storms. Check out the educator site and the general NASA Hurricane and Tropical Cyclone Site . (4th – 12th)

Additional Activities

Contact your county or local officials to find out what type of hurricane preparedness plan is in place for your area.