Emergencies and Natural Disasters Teacher Resources
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The Joy of Natural Disasters
Simulate a natural disaster to inspire problem-solving, collaboration, creativity, and teamwork.
Preparing for Extreme Natural Events
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.
Natural Disasters Unit
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.
A Disaster in the Making
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.
Is FEMA a Natural Disaster?
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.
Is Your Classroom Ready for a Natural Disaster?
Emergency supplies and a well-developed plan will benefit your class during an unforeseen event.
In Case of Emergency
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.
Myths and Legends on Natural Disasters: Making Sense of Our World
Students 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 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.
Living with Disaster: Mother Nature Rules
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.
When Disaster Strikes
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.
Eye on the Storm
Learners discover the way geologists collect information about past hurricanes to determine patterns that may help with storm prediction. They then research the history of natural disasters in different regions of the United States and develop regional insurance profiles based on their findings and related predictions.
When Earth Fails: How Earth?s Physical Changes Cause Natural Disasters
Students 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 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.
National Tragedy, Global Response
Students explore how different people on local, national and international levels respond to a destructive natural disaster and the needs of its victims and how various facets of the media cover such an event. The August 1999 earthquake is a case study.
New! Causes of Weather - Objective Test
Here is a four-page assessment to give at the conclusion of a unit on the causes of weather. First, meteorology buffs match natural disasters to their descriptions. Then, they answer multiple-choice questions about extreme weather and measurement tools. Finally, they write about the safety precautions to take when facing natural disasters.
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.
Buddy, Are You Ready?-Preparing for School Emergencies
Pupils 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 pupils.