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Social Studies, Social-Emotional Learning

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  • Video, 1 minute, 15 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Lesson Plan, 45 or 90 minutes
  • Worksheet

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North America, United States, USA - South, USA - Northeast, Caribbean, New York, New York City


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Hope After Hurricanes

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  • This short video features three young people from New York who survived Hurricane Sandy and offer encouragement and solidarity to others who have experienced similar losses.
  • The "Hope After Hurricanes" lesson plan is also included with this video to further explore the emotional costs of more extreme weather.
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  • These three voices show that dealing with extreme weather from climate change is not something we have to do alone.

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  • The video is available to view without an account but teachers must sign in to access the lesson plan.


  • Teachers could show this video after a natural disaster happens to show that we are all in this together, that we share one planet, and all of us must take care of the planet and each other.
  • This video could be used to help students understand empathy and work on their social and emotional skills.
  • Other resources about the human toll of climate change include this image gallery of climate impacts from around the world, this StC lesson plan about extreme heat, and this NASA article about the effects of climate change.
Scientist Notes

The video underscored the impact of extreme weather events and climate disasters on people's lives, property, and the environment, and also the importance of taking responsibility for the climate. Collective action has been the best strategy in mitigating climate change impact and extreme weather events such as Hurricane Irma, Harvey, Maria, etc. This resource is recommended for students to understand how to take collective climate actions for their environment.

  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.12.6-8 Assess specific rules and laws (both actual and proposed) as means of addressing public problems.
      • D2.Civ.10.3-5 Identify the beliefs, experiences, perspectives, and values that underlie their own and others' points of view about civic issues.
      • D2.Civ.10.9-12 Analyze the impact and the appropriate roles of personal interests and perspectives on the application of civic virtues, democratic principles, constitutional rights, and human rights.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
      • D4.7.3-5 Explain different strategies and approaches students and others could take in working alone and together to address local, regional, and global problems, and predict possible results of their actions.
      • D4.7.9-12 Assess options for individual and collective action to address local, regional, and global problems by engaging in self-reflection, strategy identification, and complex causal reasoning.
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