Children of Tsunami
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Children of Tsunami: Guide for educators
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Teacher’s Resource Sites:

  • Education Planet’s Tsunami Resources for Teachers gives a comprehensive list of lesson plans suitable for primary and secondary school children. The lessons are aimed at giving students some scientific knowledge about tsunami disasters

  • Oxfam ‘Cool Planet for Teachers website provides excellent resources, ideas, activities, and lesson plans for primary schools trying to educate children about disasters. They even have a specific section about teaching children about the Asian Tsunami disaster

  • Teachers Resource Exchange provides teaching material (worksheets and lesson plans) that aims to provide a scientific and social understanding of natural disasters, and specifically the Asian Tsunami. The material is most suitable for primary and lower secondary school children

  • Shambles (The Education Project Asia) is designed to support international school communities (teachers, support staff, administrators, students and families) in 17 countries in South East Asia. The website provides resources for teaching, learning, trauma, and emergency planning relating to the tsunami disaster

  • Newsweek Teachers Guide provides themes and questions for teachers to follow when discussing the Asian Tsunami with children from Grades 5 through 12. Using the 10 January, 2005 ‘After the Tsunami’ Newsweek edition, teachers can use the articles as a guide to initiate conversation, questions, and comments
  • provides lesson plans for grade levels 6-8 to help children understand how disasters occur


Information sites:

  • NASA Earth Observatory has useful and interesting information on a variety of natural hazards from drought, floods, fires, severe storms and volcanic eruptions. The site has a world map that shows regions of the world that are directly affected by these natural disasters, and has additional specific information about the disasters that plague these regions. The site even shows satellite imagery of places affected by natural disasters. Most appropriate for secondary school and college level education

  • The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences provides an excellent resource for college level disaster preparation, research, and information through their online Disaster Handbook. The online handbook details the causes of disasters, to disaster preparation and recovery

  • GE Source Natural Hazards Pages has detailed information and pictures on droughts, earthquakes, storms, volcanoes, wildfires, flooding and tsunamis. The website gives detailed academic reports and analysis on the December 2004 tsunami crisis, as well as a historical understanding and background of tsunami disasters. The site is most suitable for upper level secondary school and university level students

  • Manage Disasters provides a background to natural disasters and disaster management in India.  It also provides reports, articles, case studies, and disaster situation checklists. The site is most suitable for upper level secondary school and university level students

  • PBS Savage Earth Animation provides an animated and interactive explanation of how tsunamis happen. This is suitable for primary school children to gain a visual understanding of how tsunamis work

  • The Physics of Tsunamis is a simple website made by the University of Washington Department of Earth and Space Sciences. It provides general information to understand how and why a tsunami occurs

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