This resource has students act as mayor, social advisor, and science advisor in a town that is vulnerable to flooding.
Students will learn about social vulnerability, mapping tools, and how decisions are made during flood events.
This activity is hands-on and engaging for students.
Everything a teacher needs to implement this lesson is ready in the resource.
Students should have prior knowledge of flooding, natural disasters, and how governments function during disasters.
The PDF document has a link to a brief introduction video for the activity.
Cross-curricular connections can be made in social studies classes discussing civics and language arts classes working on collaborative discussion and debate.
Try having students rotate through the roles in the game for a complete understanding of the activity.
As an extension, have students research the government response to different flooding events and what they could have done differently.
The guide has students understand the concept of social vulnerability and how local hazards affects people's livelihoods. They learn ways to use data and map outputs to assess vulnerability levels in their communities. Students develop and recommend strategies and contingency plans for policymakers and decision-makers to mitigate or respond to flood, hurricane, and other natural disaster events in their communities. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS2: Earth's Systems
MS-ESS2-4 Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth's systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.
MS-ESS2-5 Collect data to provide evidence for how the motions and complex interactions of air masses results in changes in weather conditions.
MS-ESS2-6 Develop and use a model to describe how unequal heating and rotation of the Earth cause patterns of atmospheric and oceanic circulation that determine regional climates.
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth's systems.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 2: Civics
D2.Civ.11.6-8 Differentiate among procedures for making decisions in the classroom, school, civil society, and local, state, and national government in terms of how civic purposes are intended.