Title: Help I've Fallen And I Can't Get Up.301

Creating a physical disaster relief plan.

Key Words: Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Floods, avalanches, Tsunamis

National and State standards: National standard-#7,
State Standard 14.6.5

Purpose/ Objectives:
To develop an understanding of the physical processes that shape the earth's surface.

To create an understanding of how the human population adapts to
its environment.

Curriculum links: Theme-Human Environmental Interaction


A. Introduction: Through creating emergency preparedness drills, the students will understand how natural disasters impact mans the human environment

B.Put the word disaster on the board and have the students brainstorm what is a disaster. Then have the students develop a list of natural disasters. This list should include the following natural disasters: FLOODS, EARTHQUAKES, TSUNAMIS, AVALANCHES,BLIZZARDS,MUDSLIDES,VOLCANOES,

C.Have the students get into disaster relief teams and have the teams nominate a disaster chief. (Tthis can be done in any way the teacher feels comfortable)
D.Explain to the teams that their responsibility will be to create an emergency plan for their families to follow if disaster strikes. Pass out a disaster card to each team, this will be their disaster for the rest of the activity.
E.Give each team three scenarios (See attached) and explain that they must prepare themselves for each eventuality. In each of their plans they must include all of the materials that they will need, they must have an evacuation plan or route and a safe haven, and a second plan if the event occursoccores where they cannot leave the site. They may either choose the school as the disaster site or they may choose a site within their home town that they live.

F.Each plan must:

Be readable and easily followed

Be concise

Be prepared for the unexpected

G.Give the students the rest of the class period to develop ideas for their plan and suggest that they go home and talk with their families for further ideas. The following day will be their last working day to prepare for the disaster.

Evaluation /assessment::

Your group will become experts in the field for your particular disaster. You will instruct the class on emergency preparedness on your disaster and will use charts, maps, graphs and an emergency box to prove your points.
Enrichment /extension:

Reflection: How successful was this lesson? Did all students benefit? Were there any surprises? What might you do differently another time? Please note any changes that will make this lesson more effective and useful in the future and pass them along to the NHGA. We appreciate your comments.
Thank you.
The authors.

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