Taken from NY times Learning Blog.
As New York City and the East Coast begin to recover from Hurricane Sandy, we offer some ideas for responding to the storm and its aftermath with students. We will continue to update this post.
For a quick overview, consult the Times interactive “Assessing the Damage From Hurricane Sandy” which reports on Oct. 30:
More than six million customers lost power Monday as Hurricane Sandy felled trees, downed power lines and flooded substations. The storm led to power failures in at least 17 states, including more than a million customers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and about 660,000 in New York City. Roughly a quarter million customers lost power in Manhattan alone after a fiery explosion at a substation on East 14th Street, leaving nearly the entire island eerily dark south of 34th Street. Con Edison officials called the power failures “the largest storm related outage in our history.”
Below, some ways to bring Hurricane Sandy into the classroom. Please tell us how you’ll be teaching it.
Images and Graphics as a Starting Point for Response:
Use the various images (including the photos sent in by Times readers), videos and graphics available on the Times site and elsewhere as a starting point to have students grapple with this storm and its scope.
You might post the images around the classroom, gallery-style, or project them on a whiteboard, then ask students to respond in writing or in a class discussion; have them work in groups to raise questions for further inquiry; or discuss as a class what individuals and groups can do to respond to this disaster and its aftermath.