Learning About Hurricanes

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Grade Level
Elementary School
Length of Time
1 hour

Students will write an essay on hurricanes. This is for fifth graders for a science paper.


Students will learn:
About Hurricanes
To write an outline and essay

Materials Needed

Science Book
Note cards to take notes
Notebook paper
Pencils and Erasers or Pens and Whiteouts


First, they will gather their information on hurricanes. They will take notes as they read.

Then, they will write an outline covering the facts they want to include in their essay.

Their outline and essay should include specific information.

Students can think about the following questions as examples of what they may want to include in their paper:

What causes a hurricane? Are people aware of hurricanes ahead of time? Can people prepare to evacuate their homes ahead of time? What happens after the hurricane has disappeared?

Finally, they will write their essay and submit it for grading.


You can grade them on the facts they included in their paper. You can also grade them on spelling, English grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, paragraph structure, and organization.

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