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Sixth graders examine solutions to coastal flooding

Mr. Cairns's sixth grade social studies classes recently worked on a 3-day group project to address coastal flooding in a seaside community.


Students first watched videos of how humans have historically made adaptations to survive and migrate during the Ice Age. Other videos detailed damage and solutions to problems created by climate change throughout the world. Groups were asked to consider the following problem and lay out realistic long term and short term solutions to address the issue.


You are the mayor of Atlantic City. You live near the coast. Water levels are slowly rising and flooding your town. What do you do to help homeowners on the front lines? What do you do to help businesses? Present your findings to the community in a town hall meeting format.


1. How will you pay for the changes you will make as mayor? What is your plan? How will you implement both the short and long term solutions?
2. What community members might you have to gather to help implement the changes?
3. Write a letter to community members informing them of the changes that you are going to make and how they will be implemented. You need to convince the community that these solutions are in the best interest of the community.


Several presentations were filmed to document possible solutions.
View Group 1 presentation on CV YouTube >>
View Group 2 presentation on CV YouTube >>
View Group 3 presentation on CV YouTube >>

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