Activity: Hurricane


  • Focus on the impact of hurricanes on the natural and cultural environments of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.

  • Plot data of major hurricanes that have affected the Lake Pontchartrain Basin on a hurricane tracking map

  • Predict the effects of a major hurricane on the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.

  • Understand the relationships among healthy wetlands, coastal erosion, and hurricane impact on the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.


Getting Ready:

  1. Discuss hurricane formation prior to this in a unit on meteorology.

  2. Make copies of hurricane tracking map

    (or have students obtain one from local sources.)

  3. Research impact/effects of hurricanes in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.


  1. On a hurricane tracking map, using a different color for each hurricane, plot the path of each storm data set provided.

  2. Glue or tape student tracking maps on construction paper. Display in the classroom, hallway, cafeteria, or library.

  3. Complete student activity sheet.

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