How Does a Repair Person Get Down Inside a Manhole to Do Repair Work?
Grades: 3 - 8

Video Description: New September 2022! See how a repair person is lowered into and lifted from a manhole so he can work on a city sewer line.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: Infrastructure-28**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video in conjunction with a listening and summarizing activity having students listen for key information and then answer the following questions: What examples of safety practices did you see in the video? Why do they vent the manhole before the man climbs down? What kinds of underground systems can you access through a manhole?
  • As part of your students’ study of community, include the video as a pre-activity before inviting a guest speaker to come to class and discuss underground infrastructure in your town. What questions do students have after watching the video that they could ask the guest speaker?
  • Do a journal activity with students answering the following question: Would you like to go down in a manhole? Why or why not? Consider having students answer the question before watching the video and then again after to see if their answer would change any after viewing the video.

To see examples of what’s under those covers and learn more about the systems underground in any city, check out the full program this segment is edited from: Explore! The City Underground.

*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.