Sandy Brings Real World Lessons into the Classroom

Sandy offers lessons in storm study. Take advantage of this event as a ‘teachable moment’ to inspire your kids to aim at careers in math and science.

Destructive storm Sandy may have disrupted countless lives in the East Coast, but the rare phenomenon also presented children with real-life opportunities to see how storms can be tracked, measured and otherwise studied. This CNN light years article ( offers examples of how the storm is being used as a "teachable moment" to educate students in math and science.


For educators in other parts of the country looking to give students some perspective on the events of the past couple of days, The New York Times' Learning Network blog rounds up review questions on Hurricane Sandy's composition and impact. See also its updated page onTeaching and Learning About Hurricanes.

In addition, Scholastic provides a teaching resource on hurricanes, and Discovery Education offers a lesson plan (grades 6 to 8) on hurricanes. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration compiles education resources on hurricanes as well.


Speaking of NOAA, there has also been some discussion in the news about how well meteorologists predicted and tracked this hurricane—a process that likely saved many lives. In that connection, check out this 2008 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' resource onTeaching and Learning Mathematics through Hurricane Tracking. A timely example of real-world learning if there ever was one.

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