Target Level: Grade 4, Grade 5
Subject Area: Health, Science, Social Studies
Class Time: 50 minutes
- Students will be able to define a natural disaster.
- Students will be able to list ways in which hurricanes and tsunamis affect people and their environment.
- Students will be able to connect how a natural disaster can contribute to pollution and environmental damage.
- Students will be able to create posters to collect supplies to send to Japan to help.
PA State Standards
Area 6.4: Economic Interdependence
Grade/Course 6.4.3: Grade 3
Standard F.: Explain why some products are produced locally while others are not.
Subject: Environment and Ecology
Area 4.8.: Humans and the Environment
Grade/Course 4.8.4: Grade 4
Standard C.: Explain how human activities may change the environment.
- Identify everyday human activities and how they affect the environment.
- Identify examples of how human activities within a community affect the natural environment.
Materials and Use of Technology
Materials and resources
- Computer and projector to watch video
Sequence of Instruction Including Hook and Closure
Hook – Two years ago, Japan had two horrible natural disasters that occurred right after each other. Watch this video to get a sense of what happened to Japan.
- Show the Earthquake and Tsunami video.
- Discuss the term: Natural Disaster
- Two years later, where are they in the rebuilding effort? Show the article on the Salvation Army site – 2 years later and discuss.
- How has this affected their wants and needs? Think of the pollution that occurred from this disaster.
- How can we help?
- Pass out poster paper. Have the students create Tsunami and Earthquake relief posters to place around the school. Have a pair go into each classroom and discuss the earthquake and tsunami in 2011 and how we want to raise money to help them. Give each classroom a money jar and give a deadline.
- Send teachers a link to the Salvation Army site.
- After collecting funds for a month, have students count the money and donate to the Salvation Army site to help Japan.