Effective Education for Disaster Risk Reduction - Learning Matters.
This set of resources is aimed at students in the 14-19 age range. The first consists of a mp3 file which are the 911 calls taken at the time of the 1989 San Francisco earthquake. This is used as a starter to set the scene and to encourage students to listen to the calls which are not always easy to hear and to enable them to focus on the tasks and become engaged with the topic.
There is a worksheet here: SFO_911_calls_worksheet.doc to accompany the audio file and to enable active listening skills.
There is also a worksheet (Earthquake_Mystery_student_worksheet.doc) to explain the mystery task, which is key to understanding the over-arching question: 'Why don't people prepare for and react to earthquake hazards?' The emphasis is actually on adults often not exhibiting the correct response behaviour. Finally and core to the activities is this mystery sheet (earthquake_mystery.doc) with a series of statements on it. simply print out on card and cut and put into envelopes. I usually find that one between two is sufficient and enables them to think pair share as they work through the task.
The homework set with the main task should take approximately 1 week to carry out and again it is useful if students work in pairs!
ENJOY! All resources by Justin Sharpe, October 2011