Oroville Dam, Johnstown Flood: Cause and Effect

A good read for fifth grade students is The Terrible Wave by Dahlstedt.  This easy to read book is a wonderful guided reading book that will also tie in the current event of the Oroville Dam overflow last week.  A written assignment may be assigned to followup the reading with a compare and contrast of the current Oroville Dam overflow to the past dam failure in Johnstown, PA.  You may want to use a thinking map diagramming cause and effect or a double bubble to find similarities and differences in the dam failures.

https://www.amazon.com/Terrible-Wave-Marden-Dahlstedt/dp/0395459931

http://cedar-wmu.edenpr.org/rrice/files/2012/03/Thinking-Map-Templates.pdf

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