Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity, students look at the causes of natural disasters, first through class discussion and brainstorming, and then through an independent research project. Students are asked to produce a diagrammatic representation of one type of natural disaster and present this to the class.

Learning goals:

  • Students understand how natural disasters affect the Earth and the living things on it.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 7 Geography

  • The causes, impacts and responses to an atmospheric or hydrological hazard (ACHGK042)
  • Present findings, arguments and ideas in a range of communication forms selected to suit  particular audience and purpose; using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS053)
  •  Reflect on their learning to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social considerations, and predict the expected outcomes of their proposal (ACHGS054)

Year 8 Geography

  • The causes, impacts and responses to a geomorphological hazard (ACHGK053)
  • The geomorphic processes that produce landforms, including a case study of at least one landform (ACHGK050)
  • Present findings, arguments and ideas in a range of communication forms selected to suit a particular audience and purpose, using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate(ACHGS061)
  • Reflect on their learning to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social considerations, and predict the expected outcomes of their proposal (ACHGS062)

Syllabus outcomesGE4-2, GE4-3, GE4-4, GE4-5, GE4-1, GE4-8.

Topic: The Earth Wins

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Oversee activity and lead discussion

Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.

Homework and extension opportunities: None.

Keywords: Natural disaster, weather, tsunami, fire, snowstorm, earthquake, hurricane, flood.

 

This lesson was created in collaboration with Helifilms to support learning from the film.

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Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: In this activity students look at the causes of natural disasters, first through class discussion and brainstorming, and then through an independent research project. Students are asked to produce a diagrammatic representation of one type of natural disaster and present this to the class.

Teacher content information: This activity draws on concepts and footage from the film; The Earth Wins. Click here to visit The Earth Wins website.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Begin this activity by showing students the volcano eruption clip on the student worksheet. Ask students to brainstorm key words and ideas around the term 'Natural Disaster'. What does this term mean? What is a natural disaster? What are some examples of natural disasters that students are aware of? Write student ideas on the board.

Step 2. Ask students to read the following definitions on the causes of natural disasters and answer the questions (see student wo

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Student Worksheet

Tuning in activity: Watch the clip below. What type of natural disasters is occurring?

Hawaii Volcanoes

What are the causes of natural disasters?

 

1. Natural disasters - Those caused by movements of the Earth. These occur with the minimum amount of warning. They are difficult to predict and impossible to stop. All that can be done is to take appropriate action to limit damage and loss of life after they occur.

2. Weather related disasters - These are events caused by weather or climatic conditions. There will usually be some degree of advanced warning, but since weather is unpredictable, nothing can be done to stop these disasters from developing once the weather system grows. Again, in areas prone to this sort of disaster, some provision can be made to limit damage and loss of life.

3. Floods, mudslides, landslides and famine - These are usually the consequence of extreme weather events, or are supplementary to other natural disasters. Often they are the result of extreme and

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