E.T. A LOCAL WAY OF LEARNING
3. Carrying Capacity
HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT
Eulalie R. Rivera Elementary School
Through a variety of activities students will learn a history of local
hurricanes and obtain scientific facts in the origin and development of these
To those living in the Virgin Islands, hurricanes present a serious threat to
life and property. Education and preparedness can be the very keys to survival.
Hurricane map from civil defense, pictures of storm warning flags, barometer.
Notes on St. Croix. Anderson, Folmer. St. Croix Museum Commission,
Up and Down the Virgin Islands. Anderson, Lillian. Equity Publishing, Oxford,
New Hampshire, 1963.
Hurricanes, Monster Storms From the Sea. Brindze, Ruth. Antheneum, New York,
St. Croix Under Seven Flags. Lewisohn, Florence. The dukane Press. Hollywood,
Hurricanes, Storms, Tornadoes. I..Iinchester, James H. G. P. Putnam's Son's,
National Geographic, September, 1980.
The Hurricane Hat. Ms. Sally J. Jacobs. Resident St. Croix, Author
HOLD ON TO YOUR HAT
1. At the beginning of the school year, have the pupils track the development of
tropical storms on the map throughout the season, plotting the path along
the lines of longitude and latitude and noting the time.
2. Have students artistically reproduce a set of flags that used to be flown in
the towns designating the different storm categories.
a. small craft warning
b. gale warning
C. storm warning
d. full hurricane warning
3. Students could prepare a written report on the origin and celebration of
supplication day and local Thanksgiving.
4. Read The Hurricane Hat by Sally Jacobs.
5. Students could research the dates of all hurricanes within recorded history
of the islands. Project Introspection can make available the St. Croix Avis'
account of the hurricane of 1928. There are people in the community who have
lived through the 1928 hurricane and might visit the class.
6. Invite a staff member of Civil Defense, National Guard, or the Red Cross to
talk to the class on First Aid procedures, hurricane preparedness and measures
to be taken once the storm is over.
Teach your class how to read a barometer. Install one in your class and chart
changes in barometric pressure during the season.