An excellent resource which looks at the causes and effects of earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and famine and explores why the poorest are affected most by such disasters. Simple but authorative explanations about disasters and those who are affected by them are included for non-specialists. Introductory activities help pupils extend their understanding of disasters and explore their attitudes towards them. Several activities explore the way disasters are presented in the media. Others look at how those affected prepare for and cope with disasters.
A good variety of thought-provoking group work activities are included (using photographs, cartoons, brainstorming, statements, worksheets, simulation game) which develop listening, speaking and cooperation skills. Highly recommended.
Available with free lessons plans downloadable as PDFs from the Oxfam website.
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