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North America, United States, USA - South, Caribbean, Florida



Youth Climate Story: Hurricane Damage and Climate Strikes in Florida

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  • This video is about Gabriella, a climate activist, and her experience with hurricanes and community organizing in Miami, Florida.
  • A lesson plan, weather mapping activity, and art project are also included to accompany this video, once you sign into the site.
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  • The video discusses Gabriella's feelings and fears about what her future might look like, which may resonate with many students.
  • The activities help students learn about weather systems and patterns.

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  • The video is available without an account but teachers must sign in to access the additional teaching materials.


  • Social studies, civics, and geography classes could use this video when discussing how cities and communities should plan and prepare for natural disasters and climate change.
  • The video allows students to practice empathy, which could be displayed in group conversations or class discussions about how natural disasters affect people.
  • Younger students may need support on the weather mapping activity, so have them work in groups and provide additional guidance.
  • Other resources about hurricanes include this StC lesson plan, this PBS video, and this interactive NASA resource. 
Scientist Notes
This resource is suitable and recommended for teaching climate justice and advocacy, and perhaps could have focused more on developing contingency plans, local initiatives, and community-based efforts to probe for early warning signs and better adaptive strategies for hurricanes and other extreme weather events on their homes and communities, before seeking government attention, as most politicians are climate deniers.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 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.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.8.9-12 Evaluate the impact of economic activities and political decisions on spatial patterns within and among urban, suburban, and rural regions.
    • 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.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
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