A 60 minute lesson in which the students will investigate the causes and effects of geological natural disasters.
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Display and discuss slide 20 of the Natural Disasters PowerPoint. Working in small groups, ask the students to brainstorm as many geological, meteorological, hydrological and other natural disasters as they can.
Allow each group to share their ideas with the rest of the class. Record these as a mind map on the board.
Explain the causes and effects of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and avalanches, as outlined on slides 21-29. Encourage the students to identify the key features of these natural disasters on the diagrams.
Use earthquakes as a case study example of a geological natural disaster. Watch the What is an Earthquake?video on YouTube as an introduction to the causes and effects of earthquakes.
Provide the students with a copy of the Comprehension – What Are Earthquakes?Read through the comprehension passage as a class and answer any questions the students may have about the content.
Allow the students to work through the comprehension questions independently. Monitor and support the students as required.
Discuss the answers of the comprehension task with students. Allow the students to correct their own worksheets so they can monitor how well they have understood the lesson’s objective.
Encourage fast finishers to write their own comprehension questions about earthquakes, using the information in the passage.
Allow students who are finding the comprehension passage challenging to work in a small group, with teacher assistance.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities