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Curriculum Connection – Spring 2009
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Explore Curriculum Connection guides, which are written to accompany each issue of Coastal Heritage, a quarterly publication of the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

Coastal Heritage, Spring 2009 issue: Disaster Resilience: 20 years after Hugo

Focus Question:
  • How did Hurricane Hugo impact the coastal area? How did Hurricane Katrina affect coastal Louisiana?

  • What does the term “disaster resiliency” mean? Give some examples of how South Carolina coastal communities have become disaster resilient.

  • What are two ecosystems that help protect coastal communities of South Carolina? Why do these areas help mitigate the impacts of big storms?

Use the Curriculum Connection to address these South Carolina Standards!

4th Grade: Weather
4-4.3    Summarize the conditions and effects of severe weather phenomena (including thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes) and related safety concerns.

5th Grade: Ecosystems: Terrestrial and Aquatic
5-2.3    Compare the characteristics of different ecosystems (including estuaries/salt marshes, oceans, lakes and ponds, forests, and grasslands).

6th Grade: Earth’s Atmosphere and Weather
6-4.1    Summarize the relationship of the movement of air masses, high and low pressure systems, and frontal boundaries to storms (including thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes) and other weather conditions.

8th Grade: Earth’s Structure and Processes
8-3.9    Identify and illustrate geologic features of South Carolina and other regions of the world through the use of imagery (including aerial photography and satellite imagery) and topographic maps.

9th – 12th: Earth’s Atmosphere
ES-4.8    Predict weather conditions and storms (including thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornados) on the basis of the relationship among the movement of air masses, high and low pressure systems, and frontal boundaries.

ES-4.6    Summarize possible causes of and evidence for past and present global climate changes.

ES-4.7    Summarize the evidence for the likely impact of human activities on the atmosphere (including ozone holes, greenhouse gases, acid rain, and photochemical smog).

Lesson Links…

NOAA’s Coastal Services Center: Digital Coast
  • Check out your coastal elevation by visiting the NOAA Digital Coast site at: Which areas of South Carolina have natural buffers of protection (ie., wetlands and barrier islands)? What areas might be more prone to heavy damage during another hurricane?  (6th – 12th)

Hurricane’s A Comin’ – NASA and NOAA’s Hurricane Information Sites

Additional Activities
  • Contact your county or local officials to find out what type of hurricane preparedness plan is in place for your area.

  • October 22 and 23, 2009 will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo. Stay tuned for additional information on available information and opportunities about how our coast has become more disaster resilient since Hurricane Hugo. More information can be found at

Last updated: 5/26/2009 3:56:58 PM
Curriculum Connection – Spring 2009


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