Posts Tagged ‘Natural Disasters’

BTN (Behind The News) – Don’t Panic

Click on the link above to view the BtN clip on Natural Disasters ‘Don’t Panic’. Once you have viewed the clip you will need to answer the discussion questions into your language book.

Discussion Questions

1. Brainstorm a list of natural disasters.
2. Name the ABC science show that tested families in an emergency.
3. What does the Matthews’s family fill up with water to prepare their house for a bushfire?
a. Bath
b. Kitchen sink
c. Water tank
4. Why is it important to look online or check the radio during a natural disaster?
5. Why might kids be better at coping with a cyclone emergency than adults?
6. It is safe to drive through flood water. True or false?
7. Why is it important to have an emergency plan and be prepared for a disaster?
8. Make a list of items that you would put in a home emergency survival kit.

BTN (Behind The News) – Floods

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Floods’. Once you have watched the story answer the following comprehension questions in your language book.

1. What areas have been affected by the floods?
2. What happens when a river bursts its banks?
3. How do experts predict where and when a flood is going to occur?
4. Why do people need time to prepare?
5. Why is flood water dangerous?
6. What do the floods mean for drought affected areas?
7. In your own words describe the damage caused by floods.

BTN (Behind The News) – Cyclones Explained

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Cyclones Explained’. After you have viewed the story you need to answer the following discussion questions in your language book.

1.Do cyclones form over warm or cold ocean water?

2.What forms when water evaporates and rises into the sky?

3.Who tracks cyclones?

4.How many categories are there to describe the strength of cyclones?

5.What wind speed did Typhoon Tip reach in 1979?

6.What type of damage can a category 1 cyclone have on the environment?

7.What is a storm surge?

8.What can be done to help prevent cyclone damage?

9.What do you understand more clearly since watching the BTN story?

BTN (Behind The News) – Wild Weather

Click on the link below and watch the BTN story ‘Wild Weather’ then answer the questions below.

Focus Questions:
1. Summarise the Wild Weather story. (One paragraph)

2. What Australian states have recently been hit with extreme weather?

3. What types of extreme weather did these parts of Australia experience?

4. What is the name of the ex-tropical cyclone that recently hit the coast of Queensland?

5. Due to flooding thousands of people in Bundaberg recently had to ___________ their homes.

6. In the BtN story, Sarah wanted to find out why we are getting all this wild weather so she visited the Bureau of:
a. Meteorology b. Archaeology c. Astronomy

7. Why would you normally see more cyclones in summer?

8. What factors can increase the severity of a bushfire?

9. How did this story make you feel?

Australian Natural Disasters Mapping Activity

For this activity you need to research some Australian Natural Disasters and record your findings on the A3 sheet provided.

The information you need to find and record on your map of Australia are:

* Type of Natural Disaster and it’s location.

* What was the name of the disaster? EG: Cyclone Tracey

* What was the date of the disaster?

* What damage did the disaster cause? (This includes both fatalities and injuries and also the cost to re-build

* Any other information you can find.

Here are some links that may assist you.–13


BTN (Behind The News) – Volcanoes Explained

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Volcanoes Explained’. After you’ve watched the story you need to answer the following questions in your language books.


  • Where in the world have we recently seen volcanic eruptions?
  • What does Volcan de Fuego mean?
  • Complete this sentence. The Volcan de Fuego sent _____ and molten _______ 10 kms into the air.
  • What impact have the volcanic eruptions had on people and the environment?
  • What is magma?
  • There aren’t any active volcanoes in Australia. True or false? Why/Why not?
  • What is the Ring of Fire?
  • Describe the difference between a Hawaiian eruption and a pyroclastic flow.





Make a Tornado in a Jar!

The swirling winds of a tornado are called a vortex. In this experiment you will make a vortex that looks like a real tornado! While real tornadoes happen in air, the vortex you make in this activity is in water. Both air and water are fluids. That means that they move in similar ways.

What you will need:

  • Jar with lid
  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Clear liquid dish soap
  • A pinch of glitter

Make it happen!

  1. Fill the jar 3/4 full of water.
  2. Put in one teaspoon of vinegar and one teaspoon of dish soap.
  3. Sprinkle in a small amount of glitter.
  4. Close the lid and twist the jar to swirl the water and see a vortex like a tornado form in the center of the jar.

What’s happening?

As you twist the jar, the water inside up against the glass is pulled along due to its friction again the glass walls. The fluid toward the inside takes longer to get moving. But eventually both the glass jar and the fluid are spinning as you rotate the bottle. When you stop rotating the jar, the fluid inside keeps spinning. A mini twister can be seen for just a few seconds when the outer fluid slows down and the inner fluids continue to spin rapidly. Try it again!


Make an informative movie using your iPad explaining how tornadoes form. You will need to include:

  • Your tornado in a jar model
  • Labels explaining what’s happening
  • You may like to insert clips of actual tornado footage

Do your best work!!!!


BTN (Behind The News) – Nepal Earthquake

Click on the link below to view the BtN story ‘Nepal Earthquake’. Once you have viewed the story you need to answer the following questions in your language book.

1. What magnitude was the earthquake in Nepal?
2. Describe the devastation the earthquake caused.
3. What is the top layer of the earth called?
4. What are tectonic plates?
5. Where do most earthquakes occur?
6. Tectonic plates often move at a very __________ rate.
7. Why are big earthquakes not as likely to occur in Australia?
8. What do people in Nepal need help with?
10. How did this story make you feel?

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