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Youth Climate Story: Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico (Amira)

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  • This video features Amira, who discusses how Hurricane Maria affected her family and community in Puerto Rico.
  • She discusses the challenges of living in an area affected by a climate disaster, the loss of jobs, food insecurity, the loss of power and water, and having to leave her home.
  • A three-part hurricane mapping activity and a guided student worksheet are linked below this video.
Teaching Tips


  • The video may help students empathize with people who have experienced natural disasters in other locations. 
  • The activity that is linked below the video utilizes real-world data to analyze.

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  • The video is available to view without an account, but teachers must create a free account to access the lesson plan.


  • The mapping activity could be used in a math or science class, as students interpret weather station models, complete isobar lines on a map, and convert units.
  • Consider having students discuss risks to their local community and then write a reflection paper about how they would feel if their home was damaged by a storm.
  • Students could consider the consequences of hurricanes (e.g., migration, drownings, loss in property value, damage to infrastructure) and could investigate possible engineering solutions to some of these impacts.
  • When completing the student worksheets, teachers should spend time working through a few practice examples of the weather station models and isobar drawings as a whole group, as these concepts are likely new.
Scientist Notes
Rising ocean levels and increased ocean temperatures resulting from climate change have the potential to increase the severity of hurricanes. Island nations and coastal areas carry the burden of dealing with greater hurricane damage, and these areas are often centers of high population density.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.10.6-8 Analyze the ways in which cultural and environmental characteristics vary among various regions of the world.
      • D2.Geo.12.9-12 Evaluate the consequences of human-made and natural catastrophes on global trade, politics, and human migration.
  • 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.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
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