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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.
How are disasters addressed by the Federal Government? This New York Times lesson, based on the article "Disaster Aid: The Mix of Mercy and Politics," prompts middle schoolers to discuss the idea of using a disaster declaration as a political tool. After evaluating the claims in the article, they conduct additional research and write an essay expressing their opinion about disasters and their link to politics. Focus on finding the central idea of the text to ease comprehension.
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.
Learners 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 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.