Resources to explore disasters with secondary school students (ages 11–14)
During the past decade, almost half the world’s population has lived through a disaster – storms, floods, cyclones, tsunamis, drought, earthquakes...
Christian Aid believes that much can be done to limit the damage and impact of disasters, and our partners across the world work tirelessly to prepare for and respond to them. These resources will enable students to understand how and why disasters happen, what can be done to prepare for and mitigate them, and how best to support those affected by them.
• Teaching notes
• Accompanying presentation
• Student worksheets
• Case study notes
• Simulation game
• Film clips
• Additional lesson plan on disasters for RE/RME
Download Earthquake animation (YouSendIt, 2.9mb)
Earthquake in Haiti: film 1
Watch on YouTube
Download Earthquake in Haiti: film 1 (YouSendIt, 1.09gb)
Earthquake in Haiti: film 2
Watch on YouTube
Download Earthquake in Haiti: film 2 (YouSendIt, 31.3mb)
Big River Rising: films about flooding in the Philippines
Watch Big River Rising on the Christian Aid website
Watch Big River Rising on Vimeo:
All of these resources are free. You can view the films by clicking the links above. To order a copy of the Disaster Strikes poster and sticker sheet (F2202), please email email@example.com. Download the other resources from the toolbox on the right-hand side of this page.
The Disaster zone resources support learning about key themes and topics through:
• Geography/Environmental Studies/Social Studies
Key concepts: place/interdependence/physical and human processes/environmental interaction and social development/cultural understanding and diversity
Key processes: geographical enquiry/visual literacy
- to participate in informed responsible action in relation to geographical issues
- examine geographical issues in the news
- investigate important issues of relevance to Britain and Ireland and globally using a range of skills, including ICT
- make links between other subjects, including citizenship and ICT, sustainability and the global dimension.
Study the work of a Christian charity/Stewardship/Caring for our world/Develop the skills of reflection, discernment, critical thinking and deciding how to act when making moral decisions/Make a positive difference to the world by putting their beliefs and values into action
Participation/Responsibilities/Global awareness/Global citizenship