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Measuring the waters

By Kristin Post

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

Measuring the waters

By Kristin Post

Provided by UNC Libraries / Documenting the American South

In this lesson plan, students will discuss and understand measurement of a single event and measurement over time. Students will learn how to use different tools for measurement, and decide which are better for long-term or short-term use. Using an excerpt from an oral history about measuring floodwaters during Hurricane Floyd in 1999, students will understand how humans devised ways of keeping measurements during that flood and earlier floods. Students will also graph the floodwaters from Hurricane Floyd and another flood. This lesson includes teacher’s guides as well as the oral history audio excerpts and transcripts.