As a class, conduct some internet research into major natural disaster events of the 20th and 21st centuries. Record these as a mind map on the board.
Discuss the possible sources the students could use to gather information e.g. books, websites. Remind the students to use reliable sources and, where possible, those that have been designed specifically for children.
Give the students some time to think about possible natural disaster events to research. Encourage them to list five possibilities before making a decision. If necessary, ask the students to have their choice approved before continuing.
Encourage the students to share their choices for the inquiry task with the class.
Encourage more capable students to follow their personal interests when selecting a natural disaster event to research.
Steer less confident students towards natural disaster events that are likely to prove easier to research.