Typhoon Haiyan hits Philippines

For updates on the impact of what is being referred to as a "super typhoon," be sure to visit these websites:

The following are some discussion questions you can use in your classroom with students:

  • Where is the Philippines?  Find this country on a global map and calculate its distance from your school.
  • What is a typhoon?  How is it different from a hurricane?
  • Why is a typhoon considered a natural disaster?
  • How do scientists study typhoons?  Who else is involved in studying and reporting on typhoons besides scientists?
  • Describe the track and category levels of Typhoon Haiyan.  How many countries were impacted by Haiyan?
  • Why is studying typhoons important?
  • What do you think will be the short-term impacts of Haiyan on the environment?  What do you think will be the long-term impacts of Haiyan on the environment?
  • Do you think another typhoon will impact the Philippines?  How many have made landfall in this region in the past? 
  • Should people be able to rebuild their homes and businesses that were destroyed by a typhoon?  Why/why not?

Here is a video from the Discovery Channel that describes the difference between hurricanes, typhoons and cyclones.

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Laura Guertin's picture

There is an image making its rounds online that is said to be made by the Red Cross, showing Typhoon Haiyan the size of the United States.  Please review these websites for clarification and accurate visualizations.

Super Typhoon Haiyan Not As Large As United States 

Super Typhoon Haiyan - NASA Earth Observatory

 

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