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. Explain how you might react in a natural disaster. Write this as a paragraph.
2. Brainstorm a list of natural disasters.
3. Name the ABC science show that tested families in an emergency.
4. 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
5. Why is it important to look online or check the radio during a natural disaster?
6. Why might kids be better at coping with a cyclone emergency than adults?
7. It is safe to drive through flood water. True or false?
8. Why is it important to have an emergency plan and be prepared for a disaster?
9. Make a list of items that you would put in a home emergency survival kit. Compare it to your survival kit you created at school.
10. List your school’s evacuation areas.

Natural Disasters – Inspiration

To complete our Natural Disasters Inquiry we’re going to go back to our Natural Disaster Inspiration from the beginning of term.

You task is to add all the information you have learned about Natural Disasters to your inspiration mind map. To differentiate between your previous information and your new understandings you will need to make all the new information either the same colour OR have each bubble be the same shape (this shape should be different from the shape of bubbles you’ve already done!).


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  1. Google a map showing the situation of tectonic plates on a world map.
  2. Screen capture this map and paste into your Pages document.
  3. Open the JUMBO SEISMIC MONITOR link above and answer the questions below on your Pages document.

a.Explain the key.

b.What does magnitude mean?

c.Do you notice a pattern formed by the earthquakes? Explain

d.Why do some countries, including Australia have very few earthquakes?

e.Where is the earthquake of greatest magnitude today?

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.

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?