Natural Disasters Classroom Project:?Project Elements

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A Worldwide Look at Natural Disasters.
  1. Students will be able to identify natural disasters and their characteristics.
  2. Students will be able to identify where specific natural disasters occur.
  3. Students will be able to describe what we know about predicting natural disasters.
  4. Students will learn how to prepare for disasters and what to do when they occur.
  5. Students will create natural disaster preparedness presentations about natural disasters that could occur where?their ePals live.
Essential Questions
  1. What are natural disasters?
  2. Which combinations of factors cause different kinds of natural disasters?
Supporting Questions
  1. Which natural disasters have occurred or may occur in your community? in your ePals? communities?
  2. How can you prepare for natural disasters?
  3. What should you do when a natural disaster occurs in your area?
Academic Vocabulary natural disaster, flood, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, tsunami, thunderstorm, volcano.
Culminating Activity? Student pairs create natural disaster preparedness presentations about natural disasters that could occur in their ePals? communities. Students have a choice of presentation formats: a homepage, a PowerPoint slide show or a television advertisement.
Materials/Handouts? Culminating Activity Rubric
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  1. Students respond to essential and supporting questions.
  2. Students share their personal experiences with natural disasters.
  3. Evaluate?natural disaster preparedness?presentations for accuracy of information, fulfillment of criteria, and?engagement of audience.
  4. Review email exchanges to assess:
    • student communication skills,
    • comprehension of subject matter,
    • ability to fulfill requirements of the program,
    • interest in the experience,
    • growth and change.
Related Resources? See the following websites:
Animated Guide to Natural Disasters
FEMA for Kids Disasters Area
5th-8th Grade
Hurricane Weather Adventure
Thunderstorm Weather Adventure
Lightning Weather Adventure
FEMA for Kids: Natural Disaster Photos
6th-9th Grade
Blizzards and Winter Weather
7th-12th Grade
National Geographic on Natural Disasters
Volcano World?
Weather Disaster Links
EM-DAT: Emergency Events Database
Children in Disasters Network
International Natural Disaster Situation Reports
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction?
Extended Learning?
  • Research?details about a recent natural disaster.?Create a project to help the people of that location.
  • Invite?a speaker to talk about a natural disaster that they have experienced and how students like them could help in such a situation.
  • Create posters about natural disasters. Display them in a well trafficked location such as the school cafeteria or local library.
  • Explore ePals Global Collaboration Projects on: Global Warming, Natural Disasters, Maps, Water.
  • 5th-8th Grade: Natural Disaster Warning Project-Students create warnings for three natural disasters based on a location of their choice.