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Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Videos, 2 minutes, 44 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Activity - Classroom, 2 hours, 15 minutes
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North America, United States, Caribbean



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

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  • In this video, Keishla talks about how Hurricane Maria has affected her life and her family. 
  • This video provides a good example of how more powerful storms and hurricanes can affect individuals and communities. 
  • There is a mapping air pressure activity included with this resource as well.
Teaching Tips


  • This video provides an emotional personal narrative from a young woman, which may help students empathize with individuals affected by hurricanes and storms.

Additional Prerequisites 

  • There are a couple of segments of video data that appear to be missing from the video.
  • The video is available to view without an account but teachers must have a free account to access the additional materials.


  • This video could be used as the hook for a lesson about weather, storms, hurricanes, or climate change.
  • Before the video, ask students to identify the different emotions Keishla was feeling throughout the video and then have students write a reflection paragraph after the video.
  • This video can be tied into lessons about climate refugees, climate migrants, and the changing weather patterns that are making people abandon their homes. 
  • You can follow this video with a 1-minute video called Hope After Hurricanes to show more faces of people impacted by hurricanes and becoming climate refugees.
  • Math and science classes could use this video and the mapping air pressure activity to cover a number of topics related to weather, climate, and the effects of global warming on the water cycle.
Scientist Notes

The impact of climate change is forcing people out of their homes as climate refugees. The story becomes emotional and it's a good way to start creating climate solutions. This resource is recommended for teaching.

  • 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.
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2 Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
  • 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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