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A natural disaster could strike at any time: do your learners know the school and community emergency plans? Start the school year by honing research and speaking skills in a practical way with this preparedness lesson. Youngsters examine possible natural disasters for their area (could incorporate science) and investigate plans in the event of one happening. They create a news broadcast, which can be aired during morning announcements to inform the school of ways they can be prepared.
After a discussion about natural disasters, move on to talk about how to be prepared for such events. Introduce small groups to the FEMA website and get them reading about how to be safe during the types of occurrences in your area. Each group then takes one of the safety tips and generates a poster to display on campus. A nice extension, other than those mentioned, would be to have older learners teach younger learners with the posters they have created, or to work together to gather materials for a classroom safety kit.
Learners compare the consequences of the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco to Hurricane Katrina's impact on New Orleans as a basis for investigating the transformative effect of infamous United States natural disasters.
Students design new devices to help victims of natural disaster communicate with rescue workers, government, media and loved ones. For homework, they write proposals promoting their technology.
Students use videos and maps as a springboard for a discussion in which they differentiate between natural disasters and natural hazards. They explore steps being taken to minimize the impact of hazards and disasters and create and interpret a natural hazard map of the United States.
A 10-week unit plan about natural disasters has some strong structural ideas, and rubrics for several assessments are attached, but the procedural details are sparse. The unit covers volcano, tsunami, earthquake, and cyclone disasters. Culmination is an information report, with poster, oral response, and narrative assignments.
Students read and discuss the article "Succession" by Bill Freedman. They create a labeled sketch of each type of ecological succession from its beginning to its climax community. Students create an article about a natural disaster as if writing for the area's local newspaper.
Students examine the ways major industries are affected by and respond to natural disaster. They interview local representatives of these industries on how they prepare for and manage such disasters.
Students analyze various types of natural disasters and discover techniques man uses to live with nature and to control nature. They are able to identify ways that man has learned to predict natural disasters; identify ways that man has attempted to control the destruction caused by natural disasters; and discuss ways that natural disasters can be benefical.
Young scholars explore different natural and manmade disasters through a webquest. In this earth science lesson, students explain their causes. They also discuss how disasters affect society. 
Students explore natural disasters by reading stories about volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, and hurricanes. They explore safe behaviors in order to understand what to expect in a catastrophe. Students practice safe evacuation procedures and share that information with younger students.
Young scholars examine natural disasters and some safety measures that should be followed.  In this natural disaster lesson students write a narrative, and research safety procedures.
Students explore, research and examine the causes of natural disasters and how to survive them. They research on the internet world climate, recent disasters, how they happen, what to do if one occurs and what preventive measures to take and then create a brochure on a display board or a power point to present their findings to their classmates.
Young scholars discover some of the ways the developing world is vulnerable to the impact and effects of natural disasters. They investigate some "natural disaster hotspots" around the globe and assess how vulnerable these areas are.
Simulate a natural disaster to inspire problem-solving, collaboration, creativity, and teamwork.
Students read U.S. News & World Reports article that examines question of whether or not the U.S. Military should be used as first responders in natural disasters, such as Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Students explore and discuss mission of the nation's military, research current makeup and deployment of U.S. Military, and create graphs to illustrate findings.
Students explore the use of storm-tracking technologies, research and present how they forecast natural disasters, and assess the importance of these technologies.
Learners explore the impact of natural disasters on communities. In this character education lesson, students examine poetry regarding an earthquake. Learners discuss how to rebuild communities in the wake of natural disasters.
Students compare the impact of different types of disasters on the lives of the people affected by them. This assignment require students to create a model using their own art supplies for homework.
Students complete activities to investigate natural disasters and the impact on animals. In this natural disaster and animal safety lesson plan, students discuss the importance of safety procedures. Students use a map of their school and create a disaster plan for Larry the Hedgehog. Students write a persuasive letter to the other classroom teachers to move pets for safety concerns. Students draw a safety procedure map for their home and pets.

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