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Author

Judy Benson

Grades

7th, 8th, 9th, 10th

Subjects

Social Studies, Civics

Resource Type

  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Connecticut, Coastal

Format

PDF

As More Roads Become Rivers, Communities Search for Solutions

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Synopsis
  • In this 4-page article, students will read about the flooding impacts in Connecticut's coastal communities and the measures taken to mitigate these effects.
  • Students will understand the complexities and interconnectedness of solving this climate change issue.
  • Students will read about flooding and its implications in Milford, Old Saybrook, and Guilford.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The photographs bring a sense of reality to the topic, especially for students living inland who may be unable to picture the damage caused by flooding.
  • The article features many personal stories and quotes from people dealing with flooding.

Prerequisites

  • Students should understand how climate change contributes to sea level rise.
  • Flooding may be a heavy topic for students who live in coastal areas. Teachers should ensure that students feel safe to process big emotions that may come up.

Differentiation & Implementation

  • Students can learn more about the salt marshes and the importance that the article references by completing this 5-lesson unit on the impacts of climate change on Connecticut salt marshes.
  • This article can introduce the broader topic of "short-term self-interest" getting in the way of effective adaptation and mitigation.
  • Students in geography classes can analyze the map linked in the reading by clicking on the viewer for Sea Level Rise Effects on Roads and Marshes.
  • Students can form a mock city planning committee and evaluate the consequences of implementing adaptations to combat flooding in one area.
Scientist Notes
This article describes the current road flooding coastal Connecticut towns are dealing with more often. The article discusses climate change and its relation to the increased flooding. The article quotes various people, from residents to Department of Transportation workers in Connecticut to hear their perspectives on the issue and adaptation plans. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Geography, People, and the Environment
      • 6.1.12.GeoHE.14.a: Evaluate the impact of individual, business, and government decisions and actions on the environment and climate change and assess the efficacy of government policies and agencies in New Jersey and the United States in addressing these decisions.
  • Science
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-3. Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
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