CYCLONES

This activity was inspired from extreme changes taking place in the global weather patterns. It was focussed on building an understanding of natural disasters; specifically cyclones. During the course of this activity, students of Grade VII understood the various meteorological causes that create a cyclone. They also analysed human intervention and neglect that aggravates the impact of a cyclone or any other natural disaster. They studied about USA, Bangladesh and Japan as cyclone prone areas. They researched and analysed the extent of damage done by cyclones on the coasts of the countries in focus. This activity was a medley of Physics, Geography, Maths and English as our school is also focussing on the cross curricular approach of teaching. Students enjoyed observing clouds and their forms, working with meteorological instruments and  observing  changes in the weather every day. This enabled them to develop an understanding about why these changes in weather occur. The teachers then helped the students to apply this fundamental knowledge to analyse the occurrence of cyclones, the extent of damage done, mitigation and disaster management efforts in USA, Japan and Bangladesh as areas that are constantly affected by cyclones.The activities included measuring daily temperature, rainfall, wind speed and direction using the weather instruments, creating a cyclone in a beaker, map work, statistical representation of weather data, and comparative case analysis of USA, Japan and Bangladesh.This activity has improved the level of awareness about natural disasters specifically cyclones. It has added to their confidence and resourcefulness to deal with a natural calamity when it strikes. Students are aware of the global occurrence and frequency of the occurrence of this particular disaster.