The lesson on this page are designed to help educators teach about Hurricane Floyd and its aftermath. In these activities, students learn more about flooding that occurred as a result fo the hurricane and what it feels like to be a survivor of such an event.
The following resources and lesson plans have been provided by the University of North Carolina Libraries. To learn more about this topic, read the Hurricane Floyd story from UNC Libraries.
- Development and flooding: Is there a connection?
- Grades 9–12 Science
- In this lesson, students will take their knowledge about the hydrosphere and apply it to the issue of population growth and development. In particular, students will learn how increasing development in eastern North Carolina may have worsened the effects of flooding from Hurricane Floyd due to lack of soil and tree absorption of run-off. Students will create their own development plans for North Carolina in small groups, explaining how their plan will benefit North Carolina’s water resources and environment.
- A survivor’s story: How does it really feel? by Kristin Post
- Grades 9–12 English Language Arts
- In this lesson plan, students will look at photographs of women and discuss their first impressions. After listening to an excerpt from an oral history, students will gain empathy for a flood survivor of 1999’s Hurricane Floyd. They will contrast their first impressions of the photographs with what they learned in the oral history. Students will write a personal reflection that demonstrates their understanding of how emotional experiences might contradict outward appearances.
- Measuring the waters by Kristin Post
- Grades 4-5 Mathematics
- 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.
- Eyewitness to the Flood by Kristin Post
- Grades 11-12 English Language Arts
- This lesson looks at actions and reactions of those who have been affected by hurricanes and floods by contrasting what happens to Janie in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God with personal accounts from North Carolinians who were flooded out of their homes by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Students will compare and contrast the elements in these narratives, and discuss the common themes of how people respond to and reflect upon life-and-death situations.