Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons ever

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Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Yolanda, is currently hitting Southeast Asia. With its forecast winds of up to 275 km / h, it is expected to be one of the most powerful ever. Let's follow its trajectory a little ...
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"The super typhoon Haiyan, the cyclone predicted to be the world's most violent this year, began hitting the Philippines early in the morning with gusts of 275 km / h, the national weather services said. "
Source: LaPresse.ca
The day's activities will notably make it possible to take advantage of the Internet to keep up to date on what is happening in the skies of Southeast Asia.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Use the Internet to obtain information on a subject;
- Use a variety of media to keep abreast of a live news event (newspaper articles on the Internet, Twitter feed, etc.);
- Identify the characteristic elements of Typhoon Haiwan from its readings or from viewing reports;
- Explain and illustrate the concepts of cyclone and anticyclone, or define the various terms associated with cyclones (tornado, hurricane, typhoon, tropical storm, etc.)

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: Learn about the news

Ask students if they know what is happening in the Philippines right now.
To familiarize yourself with this news, invite students to read these articles (if you have access to the computer lab or if they have tablets or laptops) or project them on your interactive whiteboard or using a projector to that all can read at the same time:
Super Typhoon Haiyan arrives in the Philippines
La Presse, November 7, 2013
Philippines: strongest typhoon of the year
Le Figaro, November 7, 2013
Find more articles featuring the latest news through Google News.
ICT track: use the tool Readability to strip the article to be read of all superfluous elements (advertisements, etc.) in order to facilitate reading.
To watch:
Euronews report, 53 s.
Reportage lasting 1min23, showing how the Philippines is preparing.
NBC report (silent) on the same subject, showing the typhoon surge.
To see also:
Animation of the typhoon's track on AccuWeather.
Typhoon satellite image just before it hits the ground (see also its trajectory below).
Eye of the typhoon as he approaches dry land. (Ask students to explain the white circle to the right of the picture…)
Weather forecast in the Philippines and the trajectory of the typhoon.
The hashtag " #Haiyan On Twitter, which tracks posts from people around the world on the topic in real time.

ACTIVITY 2: Characteristics of Typhoon Haiyan

As they read news articles or watch videos, have students note the features of Typhoon Haiyan and portray it in a format of their choice.
Examples of elements to note:
- Wind strength
- Trajectory
- Affected population
- Damage caused
Why do we call Haiyan a “super typhoon”?

ACTIVITY 3: Cyclone, anticyclone ...

“A cyclone is a low pressure system. Although any depression can be called a "cyclone," the term often refers to certain special types of systems (hurricanes or typhoons) that form over tropical seas and discharge abundant precipitation, accompanied by strong winds. generally devastating. Atmospheric circulation is generated by the pressure variations inherent in cyclonic and anticyclonic zones. "
Source: Québec school science and technology training program, 2nd year of 2nd cycle high school.
Invite students to review the concepts of cyclone and anticyclone, or take the opportunity to discuss them!
If these concepts are not yet being studied for your students, invite them to find the differences between the different terms related to cyclones:
Cyclone, tornado, hurricane, typhoon and tropical storm

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Designed to fill short periods or inspire larger projects, the activities offered in the SCOOP! allow the teacher to approach the subject matter in the program in addition to developing the information literacy and digital skills of the students.

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