Lesson 1: Katrina Strikes

Most families have an emergency kit in their home with flashlights, water, and extra food. But what happens to your money when disaster strikes? An economics lesson focused on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 demonstrates the importance of making a financial plan before a crisis.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Connect the lesson between an earth science class and economics curriculum
  • Apply the economics concepts in the lesson to a larger lesson on needs and wants
Classroom Considerations

  • Smart Board lesson format and PowerPoint format have the same information; choose the file that corresponds to the technology in your classroom
  • Learners may be too young to remember Hurricane Katrina, particularly if they don't live in the area where it struck, so use the video as background information
  • The first part of a four-lesson unit
Pros

  • Provides several extension activities for advanced learners or expanding instruction
  • Applies complex concepts to real-world situations
  • Links to auxiliary resources and videos are attached
Cons

  • None