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### Math Activity: What Happened during the Hurricane?

Sometimes when it rains, it pours…literally. I know that many students from around the country are well into their school year, but for students in New Jersey the new adventure is just beginning. In addition to the stress that typically accompanies this time of year, New Jersey, along with many other states along the East Coast, is dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. I can’t even begin to compare the effects of Irene to the devastation that other storms, such as Hurricane Katrina, have caused. However, many people were affected, houses and businesses were damaged and many are still without power. I feel fortunate to have been only mildly affected with a 5-day power outage (and grateful that it returned about 1 hour before I had to report to my back-to-school meeting). But, as always, I began to think about how math relates to what is going on around me.

After a bit of research, I came across a website that includes several math activities dealing with hurricanes. Each of the activities requires students to understand the math behind the storms and to write about their findings. What a great opportunity to incorporate writing in math class! Suggested activities provide the opportunity for students to research hurricane strengths, identify the number of people displaced by a particular hurricane, and calculate the scope and cost of the damage caused by the storm. The projects suggested on the site are specifically geared towards Hurricane Katrina, but students can certainly complete similar tasks dealing with any storm.

Using current events in math does not simply provide a context for mathematical thinking; it may also create awareness and help students understand the scope of such natural disasters. Working on these activities doesn’t have to be depressing for students. Instead it can help them recognize the impact and, perhaps, brainstorm ideas for how they can help. Though not every student is affected by such events, why not help them to be more aware…and learn math at the same time.

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