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Tornadoes of 2011: Birmingham Edition

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Mr. Strickland and his Seventh Grade Students


Wilkerson Middle School; Birmingham City Schools


The students and community of Birmingham, Alabama and in particular Wilkerson Middle School were affected by the vicious storms that raged through Alabama at the end of April.  The students of Wilkerson Middle School needed an outlet for their feelings of fear, anger, sadness, and confusion.  This podcast provided them with not only that outlet, but also an opportunity to express themselves in regards to their safety, and the survival of their community.  As the comments are sometimes off the cuff and completely child created, there is no transcript, only the mention of the student's names.

Length: 05:46:33

Content Areas: English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education, The Arts

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

[AED] VA1 (7-12) 2: Create original works of art using reflective ideas, personal experiences, and imaginary content.
[HE1] (0) 8: List behaviors that promote personal safety.
[HE1] (0) 10: Identify mental and emotional health concepts.
[HE1] (7) 3: Describe how health is affected by the environment.
[HE1] (7) 7: Demonstrate decision-making skills as they relate to situations involving health risks.
[ELA2013] (7) 22: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences. [W.7.3]
[ELA2013] (7) 31: Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study. [SL.7.2]
[SS2010] GEOG (7) 3: Compare geographic patterns in the environment that result from processes within the atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere of Earth's physical systems.
[SS2010] GEOG (7) 10: Explain how human systems develop in response to physical environmental conditions.

National/Other Standards:

What dispositions or traits of character are important to the preservation and improvement of American constitutional democracy?
How can citizens take part in civic life?
As a result of their activities in grades K-12, all students should

Understand the physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface.


Understand how to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future


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