Subject(s): Science, English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 5
Document Camera, Computer for Presenter, Computers for Students, Internet Connection, LCD Projector, Speakers/Headphones
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Freely Available: Yes
Keywords: tornado, hurricane, flood, wildfire, severe thunderstorm, preparedness plans, natural disaster
- Feedback to Students:
- During classroom discussions the teacher should facilitate questions to ensure any misconceptions or unsafe thinking about natural disasters is addressed.
- As the students are researching their natural disaster scenarios the teacher should be circulating around the room to ensure students are on task and understanding the requirements of the activity.
- Summative Assessment:
The teacher may use the following rubrics to assess student's participation or to assign grades for answering the questions on the natural disaster scenario cards and completeness of their family preparedness plans.
Guided Practice and Independent Practice Rubrics
ACCOMMODATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS
- Allow students that may struggle with reading or navigating the websites for research to work with another student.
- Print hard copies of the information presented on the websites to assist those students who may struggle with reading from the computer.
- Read the natural disaster scenario card to those students who may struggle with reading and comprehending the information. Be sure to check for understanding before students attempt to answer questions 1-7.
- Help the students that do not have computer access at home by providing hard copies of local emergency agency phone numbers and even perhaps copies of example preparedness plans from Ready.org and the Red Cross.
Appropriate extension ideas for this lesson could include:
- Have students write about or verbally share with the class what their families have done to prepare for natural disasters as a result of learning how to prepare for various natural disasters in this lesson.
- Provide a multitude of resources that may or may not appear in an essential survival kit. Have students compile a disaster kit that contains essential items for the family in case of natural disaster emergency. Be sure to discuss any items that should not have been chosen.
- If, as a result of this lesson, students and their families put together a survival kit for a natural disaster ask students to take a picture or draw a picture of it and share it with the class.
- Groups students into teams of 3 - 4 and have them tape an informational video about natural disaster preparedness.
Suggested Technology: Document Camera, Computer for Presenter, Computers for Students, Internet Connection, LCD Projector, Speakers/Headphones
Special Materials Needed:
- Links embedded within the lesson for researching family preparedness plans and natural disasters.
- Natural disaster cards (print enough so that each student will have one card)
- Family Involvement Letter (print one per student and staple to the front of the Family Preparedness Plan to ensure families read them together)
- Family Preparedness Plan (print one per student)
- Link for online review game in Closure section.
- Summative Assessment rubrics (print one per student if using)
- Survival kit resources for extension idea #2, if using
- Hard copies of online materials if supporting struggling readers or students without home computers is necessary.
This lesson will require students to complete their family preparedness plans at home. Be sure students clearly understand expectations and that the family involvement letters are sent home to explain the purpose and directions of the task.
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Is this Resource freely Available? Yes
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* Please note that examples of resources are not intended as complete curriculum.