Day 5 – Other Environmental Issues

Sue Feldman

Target Level: Grade 4, Grade 5

Subject Area: Health, Science, Social Studies

Class Time: 50 minutes


  1. Students will be able to define a natural disaster.
  2. Students will be able to list ways in which hurricanes and tsunamis affect people and their environment.
  3. Students will be able to connect how a natural disaster can contribute to pollution and environmental damage.
  4. Students will be able to create posters to collect supplies to send to Japan to help.

PA State Standards

Subject: Economics

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.