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MATERIALS/AIDS NEEDED: “Hurricanes and Haiti: A Tragic History” (provided in the Background section of this instructional resource guide); “What is an Earthquake? - Student Handout” (provided); images of Haiti following the earthquake (provided); video clip “Haiti Earthquake: Little Mitchialine's Story of Survival” at

What is an Earthquake? (Student Handout)
Simply, earthquakes are the rumblings, shaking or rolling of the earth's surface. It is usually what happens when two blocks of the earth suddenly slip past one another, or break apart from each other as a result of tension caused by prolonged energy build up. 
break in fault lines during earthquake

Earthquakes come in many forms. It can be felt as a shock under your feet, or may be very powerful and destructive enough to flatten an entire city. They can happen anywhere on land or sea.

Earthquakes are not too common in Florida, but small earthquakes have been felt.

Source: E School Today,

Haiti’s Earthquake
In 2010, a terrible earthquake happened in Haiti. Many people were killed and there was much damage. It was a very sad time in Haiti. Haitians are still trying to recover from this earthquake.





Internet Resources

Internet Resources to Support Haitian Heritage Month
BBC News Haiti Country Profile

An overview of Haiti, including information on the country’s politics, economy, leaders,

and historical timeline. It also includes images of Haiti and a recording of the national

anthem of Haiti.

CIA World Factbook: Haiti

Provides a profile of Haiti, including geography, people, government, transportation,

communications, etc.
Embassy of Haiti in Washington D.C.

This embassy site provides a wealth of information on Haiti as well as on the services offered by the Embassy. The website provides information to anyone seeking to learn more or to visit Haiti.

Online encyclopedia that provides more than 100 trusted sources for information.

Contains information on climate, history, plants and animals, industry, education,

housing, and much more.

Every Culture

This site provides a detailed description of Haitian culture, history, the economy, geography and politics, past and present.

Fact Monster: Haiti

A profile of Haiti providing information on: geography, maps, flag, history, current

government, area, population, capital, largest cities, languages, ethnicity/race, religion, literacy rate, economy, government.

This website which is part of the A&E History Channel contains information on climate,

history, plants and animals, industry, education, housing, and much more.
Library of Congress: Country Studies

The Country Studies Series presents a description and analysis of the historical setting

and the social, economic, political, and national security systems and institutions of

countries throughout the world.

National Geographic: Haiti

A guide to Haiti with articles, photos, facts, videos, and news from National Geographic.

U.S. Department of State

Provides information on Haiti, covering topics such as people, history, government,

political conditions, economy, foreign relations, U.S. relations, and travel/business
Elementary Character Education Activities to Support

Haitian Heritage Month

Elementary Character Education Activities to Support

Haitian Heritage Month
Core Value: Integrity
Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) is committed to helping all students develop the values and strength of character needed for them to become caring, responsible citizens at home, school, and in the community. To support this goal, character education has been an instructional requirement, grades K-12, since 1995.
The foundation of the District’s character education requirement is the nine core values adopted by The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida in 1995. The District’s nine core values are: citizenship, cooperation, fairness, honesty, integrity, kindness, pursuit of excellence, respect, and responsibility. Each month a different core value has been designated for emphasis in all classrooms throughout the District.
In May, students need to recognize the importance of integrity. Integrity is acting in accordance with one’s beliefs and values and behaving ethically and morally at all times. When students act with integrity they have learned to incorporate all of the values into their daily life. This is a good time for students to review everything they have done for the year and to reflect upon whether they have acted with integrity. As students are preparing for promotion or graduation, they should think about how integrity will help them to succeed in the next phase of their life.
In addition to the enclosed lessons for Haitian Heritage Month, teachers may further emphasize the value of integrity through the following lesson ideas.

  • Have students answer the questions below as a self-assessment. Discuss the answers and emphasize that integrity means being honest and having strong moral principles.  Integrity is about making good choices. It is doing the right things for the right reason.  It is about being honest with yourself and with others.

True False

□ □ I am an honest person.

□ □ I tell the truth.

□ □ I do my own work at school.

□ □ I always try to do the right thing.
I think I am a good and honest person because: ________________________________________________________________

  • Discuss the phrases “honesty is the best policy” and “telling the truth is always important.”

  • Using magazines, newspapers and the Internet, have students create posters illustrating people doing the right thing and acting with integrity.

  • Have students create a classroom honor pledge against cheating on assignments and tests. Have students voluntarily sign the pledge and post it in the classroom.

  • Create scenarios in which someone’s integrity is being tested and have students decide what they would do in each situation. Examples:

    • John and his friends went to the movies. His friends snuck in the side door and did not pay. Should John sneak in also?

    • Maria took a science test early in the school day and copied her answers down. At lunch, she shared her answers with Jose and other friends so that they could score better on the test. Should Jose use Maria’s answers on the test?

    • Paul found a new pair of basketball shoes outside on the physical education field. Should Paul keep the shoes?

  • Use the letters of “Integrity” to create acrostic poems. Use these poems to create a bulletin board.

  • Have students challenge themselves to always do what is right. Give each child a sentence strip and have them write a sentence naming something that is “the right thing to do.” Have students attach the strip to their desks and verbally recognize them when they are observed meeting the challenge.

  • Sing the “Integrity Song” to the tune of “Three Blind Mice:”

Integrity, integrity. Do what is right, do what is right. Be honest and truthful. Know right from wrong. Be the best you can be as it says in this song. You know what is right, be the best you can be. Integrity, integrity.”

  • Discuss the following inspirational quotes that help explain the importance of integrity, honesty, and doing the right thing.

  • “The time is always right to do what is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • “Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.” – J.C. Watts

  • “If you have integrity, nothing else matters.  If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.” – Alan Simpson

  • “When I do good, I feel good.  When I do bad, I feel bad.” – Abraham Lincoln

  • “Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.” -Henry David Thoreau

  • “Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself.” -William Shakespeare

  • “A half-truth is a whole lie.” -Yiddish Proverb

  • Have staff and children be on the lookout for examples of students acting with integrity throughout the week. Supply forms to nominate students that they see acting with integrity. Take the children's picture and display it on a school bulletin board. Also recognize the children over the morning announcements or during school-wide assemblies.




Other On-going Activities to Promote Character Education

  • Invite all students and teachers to an assembly/pep-rally in the school cafeteria, auditorium, or P.E. courts to kick-off character education school-wide. Ask a spirited teacher, parent, principal or guest speaker to motivate students and address character education goals and core values for the coming school year.

  • Create a character education steering group made up of administrators, teachers, parents and students that meets regularly to plan activities and events celebrating each monthly value.

  • Start a character education book club. Ask the media specialist, language arts or social studies teacher for book recommendations related to the core value of the month. Students should read books related to a particular topic, subject, or author; e.g., books written by a person striving toward a goal. Students may share, discuss and/or report their findings back to the class. Keep a class or personal log of the books read.

  • Make character education a regular part of the school day and curriculum. Incorporate student homework related to each designated monthly value. A school newsletter may incorporate information on character education and offer daily suggestions for how to demonstrate each month’s value. Morning announcements may also provide an opportunity to support each month’s designated value.

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Federal and State Laws

The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida adheres to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and educational programs/activities and strives affirmatively to provide equal opportunity for all as required by:

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, or national origin.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended - prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 - prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender.

Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA) as amended - prohibits discrimination on the basis of age with respect to individuals who are at least 40.

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 as amended - prohibits gender discrimination in payment of wages to women and men performing substantially equal work in the same establishment.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - prohibits discrimination against the disabled.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) - prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment, public service, public accommodations and telecommunications.

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) - requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to "eligible" employees for certain family and medical reasons.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 - prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.

Florida Educational Equity Act (FEEA) - prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, national origin, marital status, or handicap against a student or employee.

Florida Civil Rights Act of 1992 - secures for all individuals within the state freedom from discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, or marital status.

Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) - Prohibits discrimination against employees or applicants because of genetic information.

Veterans are provided re-employment rights in accordance with P.L. 93-508 (Federal Law) and Section 295.07 (Florida Statutes), which stipulate categorical preferences for employment.

In Addition: School Board Policies 1362, 3362, 4362, and 5517 - Prohibit harassment and/or discrimination against students, employees, or applicants on the basis of sex, race, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender, gender identification, social and family background, linguistic preference, pregnancy, and any other legally prohibited basis.  Retaliation for engaging in a protected activity is also prohibited. Rev. (05-12)

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