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Flooding Predictions


This video shows 2019 flooding in Hamburg, Iowa, and discusses the likelihood and effects of additional flooding in 2020.

Hamburg, IA

Possible Guiding, Compelling and/or Anchoring Questions

  • Why do some parts of Iowa flood so often?
  • How does flooding impact people?
  • Has the frequency of floods changed over time?

Classroom Suggestions

Students could:

  • Research the history of flooding along the Missouri River (or another more local river) and its economic, environmental and societal impacts.
  • Construct explanations of why people originally settled along rivers in Iowa and how people have responded to flooding with movement and technical solutions.
  • Analyze and identify patterns between data about changes in Iowa’s climate and flooding events.
  • Model connections between changes in climate, flooding and the effects on and responses by people.

Related Resources

Iowa Core Alignment

Earth and Space Science
High School (9-12)
Disciplinary Core Idea
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity

Credit Info

Media produced for Market to Market by Iowa PBS.
Submitted by Dan Voss and Madison Beeler as part of their Iowa STEM Teacher Externship experience at Iowa PBS.


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