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Why do disasters happen? Can they be prevented? What can be done to help? Dealing with Disasters makes it easier for teachers to tackle and explore some of these questions in the classroom. It provides case study material, focussing particularly on Bangladesh. In particular, this material supports the teaching of Geography, Citizenship, PSE/PSD, and English.
The background information on disasters and natural hazards includes extensive background information on earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and famine.
These pages have been adapted from Oxfam’s print publication, Dealing with Disasters, which you can order online.
Resources for use in the classroom
Resources for use in the classroom - a series of ready-to-use lesson plans
Lesson plan: Disasters: Raising the issues - raises initial ideas about disasters and explores preconceptions
Lesson plan: What is a disaster? - explores pupils’ current understanding of disasters
Lesson plan: Disaster Strikes - what needs to happen immediately when disaster strikes, and can this help development in the long term?
Lesson plan: Exploring a cyclone shelter - how those affected by disasters cope
Lesson plan: A causes web - causes of and solutions to disasters
Lesson plan: Activities using the media - range of activities exploring the ways in which disasters are presented by the media
Lesson plan: Whose ideas? - awareness of long-term responses to tackling disasters