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Hurricane Resources and Opportunities for K-12 Educators

In the Wake of the Hurricane, 5-12th grade

The In the Wake of the Hurricane unit is an effort by Louisiana Voices to provide 5-12th grade teachers with materials that can assist them and their students in coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. The unit involves teaching students to interview each other, community members, and family members about the experiences of the hurricanes and their aftermath. The activities are designed to allow teachers great flexibility and easy to use.

In the Wake of the Hurricanes Unit Activity (the entire packet)


Table of Contents


The Unit


Content Standards -- Appendix A

Tips for using Equipment -- Appendix B


Art Lesson Plans

Working with Denise Tullier-Holly who is an Art educator at the Southeastern Louisiana University Laboratory School in Hammond, we are able to provide three art lesson plans and sample work. These are outstanding lessons that can also assist you in working with your students on this important topic.

Katrina Triptych, 3rd Grade

Katrina Kamishibai, 4th Grade

Katrina's Wrath, 8th Grade


Resources about Recovery

Managing Traumatic Stress: Tips for Recovering From Natural Disasters
This site is sponsored by the American Psychological Association. It gives tips for recovering from natural disasters and even has a post traumatic growth inventory.

The Aftermath of Katrina: Helping the Children
Sponsored by the Child Trauma Academy, this site specifically outlines ways of helping children in the aftermath of hurricanes. It has sections for parents and caregivers as well as teachers. Included is an Educator's Handout.

A Coloring Book After the Hurricane: For Children and Their Parents or Helpers
The Psychiatry Dept. of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has put together a 26-page color book entitled After the Hurricane.

Reactions of Children and Adolescents to Trauma
A victim's assistance organization has developed a list of age appropriate responses to the hurricane that could be very helpful.


National Endowment for the Arts.

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