Natural Disasters Teacher Resources
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Youth Emergency Preparedness
Preparation is key when it comes to dealing with disasters. Starting with a lesson series centered around researching the facts about different types of emergencies, children go on to create preparedness plans and learn how to respond in actual emergency situations.
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
Natural Disasters and the Five Themes of Geography
Have your class do research on natural disasters and create a presentation using this resource. In completing this activity, learners apply the five geography themes to their research. They write a paper describing their results. It's a great way to provide a cross-curricular approach.
7th - 8th Social Studies & History
Publishing Natural Disaster Articles
Wow, what a terrific instructional activity! After learning about natural disasters, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis, pupils write an article and publish their work. This instructional activity is chock full of resources and supplemental materials.
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.
4th - 7th English Language Arts
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.
2nd - 6th Science
The Big Picture
Learners 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.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Students create an expressive painting documenting their experience of a storm. They create a slide show presentation comparing and contrasting the impact and the response to a natural disaster in the 19th century with the impact and the response to a natural disaster that has happened in their lifetime.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History
Students jointly construct an explanation of a natural disaster. They identify features of environments that affect communities and investigate use of technology to protect against natural disasters. They design posters to support aid to communities suffering from a natural disaster.
5th - 6th Science
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.
5th - 6th Science
Natural Disasters: Unit Overview
Here is the unit overview of a fifth and sixth grade science unit on natural disasters. Links to unit components are included. A list of objectives is also featured. All links are functional except those to the worksheets, so you may want to create your own.
5th - 6th Science
Beyond Media Messages: Media Portrayal of Global Issues
Take a close look at news reporting techniques and global issues. Begin by creating a graphic representation of developing nations and defining the term. After class discussion, the second day's activities pick up by deconstructing news and researching articles online.
7th - 12th English Language Arts
How Communication Technologies Affect People
Third graders complete a worksheet, first with known information, and then with researched information. They create a PowerPoint, video, or radio broadcast to convey the results of their research. They learn to use a graphic organizer to sort their Internet resources.
3rd 21st Century Skills CCSS: Adaptable
Natural Disasters: From Destruction to Recovery
What are the major economic implications, both good and bad, of natural disasters? Discover the effect that natural disasters can have on labor market conditions, capital, household incomes, and opportunities for reconstruction in local economies.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable