• Home
  • Explore Lesson Database
  • View Resources
  • Create & Edit Lessons
  • Review Student Work

Explore Lesson Database


Lesson: Hurricane Katrina


Author: Lindsay Ranew
Subject Area: Reading/Language Arts
Grade Level: 4 - 8

Introduction

In this lesson, we will continue our conversations and research about Hurricane Katrina from 2005. We will make connections between a video about what happened throughout the course of Katrina and the next chapter, "Still Monday" in our book, "The Ninth Ward" by Jewell Parker Rhodes.

Goals

The learners will: 1. Watch a video about Hurricane Katrina's path 2. Summarize the video 3. Predict what will happen in the story 4. Visualize what happened in the story 5. Share their feelings about the video and/or text 6. Reflect/Journal the connections made between the video (history) and text 7. Create a Venn Diagram showing the similarities/differences between the video and story regarding Hurricane Katrina details

Directions

Students, Please follow the directions for each activity in order as they are listed. Use your brains, enjoy your reading, and give me more than one sentence answers. Use complete sentences, and really dig deep! Let's learn together!


Background Builder Background

Title: Extra Articles URL: http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/katrina
Directions: Choose any of the news stories to read more about Hurricane Katrina!


Title: Learn about FEMA URL: http://www.fema.gov/kids/index.htm
Directions: Use this website to learn about FEMA


Title: Check Out Hurricanes URL: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/photos/hurricanes/
Directions: Use this website to explore what a hurricane looks like



Vocabulary Builder Vocabulary


Message:
Vocabulary Words:
Hurricane a cyclone formed in the tropics with winds of 74 miles (119 kilometers) per hour or greater that is usually accompanied by rain, thunder, and lightning
Levee a bank built along a river to prevent flooding
Fortitude strength of mind that enables a person to meet danger or bear pain or hardship with courage
Quantity the character of something that makes it possible to measure or number it
Suspension bridge a bridge that has its roadway suspended from two or more cables usually passing over towers and strongly anchored at the ends
Unfathomable impossible to understand
Exasperate to make angry
Anxious afraid or nervous about what may happen
Evacuate to remove troops or people from a place of danger
Loiter to remain in an area for no good reason
Omen a happening believed to be a sign or warning of some future event
Devastating to reduce to ruin; overwhelm
Perpendicular exactly vertical or upright


Activity: Katrina at a Glance


URL URL 


Goals

The learners will: 1. Watch a video giving an overview of Hurricane Katrina 2. Use the SUMMARIZE strategy tool to provide the main ideas of the video

Directions

1. Watch the "Katrina Day by Day" video to catch an overview of its course and the time period. 2. Use the SUMMARIZE strategy tool to tell the main ideas of the video.



Activity: Reading!


URL URL 


Goals

The learners will: 1. Predict what they think will happen next in the text. 2. Use strategies to read and comprehend the next chapter, "Still Monday", in the text, "The Ninth Ward" by Jewell Parker Rhodes 3. Describe what they saw in their head as they read using the visualization strategy

Directions

1. Use the PREDICT strategy selection to tell about what you think will happen in Lanesha's home during the hurricane. 2. Read the next chapter, "Still Monday" (p.153-179) 3. Use the VISUALIZE strategy selection to describe what images you saw in your head as you read the text.



Activity: Making Connections


URL URL 


Goals

The learners will: 1. Discuss their personal reactions to the video and/or the text using the FEELING strategy. 2. Write a journal or reflection discussing any connections made between the video and the text. 3. Create an interactive Venn Diagram using the hyperlink to discuss the differences and similarities between the video and the text.

Directions

1. Use the FEELING strategy tool to tell about your reactions to the text and/or the video. 2. Use the JOURNAL or REFLECT strategy tool to discuss connections you made from the video to the text. (Also include any stories from your life if you were affected.) 3. Create an interactive Venn Diagram using the hyperlink to discuss the differences and similarities between the video and the text.




CAST Strategy Tutor Copyright © 2004-2008, all rights reserved.

teacher_terrys_tips_large