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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.
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 develop an understanding of FEMA and reflect about the consequences of a natural disaster. In this natural disaster lesson, students are asked specific questions after reading several stories. After class discussion on the stories, students create a PowerPoint presentation on FEMA.
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 plan. 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Students prepare for natural disasters and write letters to students who have endured a natural disaster, to be included with a care package. In this natural disasters and letter writing lesson, students research types of natural disasters typical in their area and create a disaster plan. Students then collect items for care packages and write a letter to someone who has been though one.
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 conduct an experiment. In this emergency response lesson, students watch videos about hurricanes and discuss the difference between natural disasters and man-made disasters. Students perform a hurricane demonstration and discuss emergencies and evacuations. Students discuss how they can be prepared for such events.
Young scholars examine the devastation caused by the tsunami of 2005. In this current events lesson plan, students consider the effects of natural disasters as they research tsunamis and the worldwide response to the December 26, 2005 tsunami. Young scholars discuss implementing service projects to raise money for the victims.