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The Schoolhouse Blizzard
On January 12th in 1888, residents of the Northern Plains woke to a
relatively warm day, with temperatures at or above the freezing mark,
which was considered warm in that part of the country in mid-January.
It was the calm before the storm; however, as a blizzard was fast
approaching that would provide a deadly end to the unseasonably warm
weather. By the end of the next day, hundreds would be dead, many
of them schoolchildren, as the fast moving storm trapped many students
in schoolhouses or buried them in snow as they tried to reach home.
In this mini unit, learn all about the Schoolhouse
Blizzard, including eyewitness accounts, details
on the weather system that caused it, see how it
compares to other deadly winter storms, watch a video
describing the storm, view a timeline of events and
participate in a wide variety of learning activities
about the deadly weather event.
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Heroes of the Children’s Blizzard Activities
The Schoolhouse Blizzard Timeline
The Children’s Blizzard
That 1888 January day on the northern plains was bright
and warm–the first mild weather in several weeks–leading
many children to attend school without coats, boots,
hats, or mittens. A number of students were caught
in the sudden storm that hit later that day. Laskin
details this event–the worst blizzard anyone
in those parts ever encountered. It not only took the
lives of hundreds of settlers, but also formed a significant
crack in the westward movement and helped to cause
a movement out … A gripping story, well told.
(School Library Journal)
Author: David Laskin
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