Students watch a video about the restoration attempts in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Students learn about how communities are affected by natural disasters and some of the unexpected outcomes of these types of disasters.
This lesson is part of "Great States | North Dakota | Unit 7: Statehood & Citizenship" - a survey of what it means to be a citizen of North Dakota. Learn about government structures and challenges citizens of North Dakota have faced.
4.5.4: Explain how the physical environment (e.g., rainfall, climate, natural hazards) affects human activity in North Dakota.
- Video: Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Grand Forks
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or other type of screen to project videos to the class
- Class set of the Restoration of Grand Forks handout
Tell students they will be watching a video about the restoration attempts in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Explain that the downtown area was neglected during the economic downturn in the 1960 and 1970s, and the flood of 1997 caused further damage.
Provide students with the Restoration of Grand Forks handout. Instruct students to take notes that will help them answer questions about the history of Grand Forks and the debate over restoring historical buildings.
Play the video, Old to New: Remodel, Restore, Revitalize | Grand Forks [5:58].
Have students answer the questions on the handout.
Flood and fire [0:22]
The historic Metropolitan Opera House [3:05]
Answers may vary, but students should conclude "no."
Answers may vary: All bad—flooding damaged people’s property and it was a lot of work to fix; all good—the money that Grand Forks received to rebuild after the flood made it possible for the city to be improved. Hopefully students will decide a mix of the two, with explanations for each.