Sunday, September 23, 2012

Week 3 Weather

While blogging, why not use a blog! A blog would be a great way for a community of people or students to become more scientifically literate on natural disasters happening now or ones that have already happened. For the age group that has to do current events, a blog post would be a great way to do this.  Everyone could view it as well as make comments.  I think that for my classroom of 2nd graders, hand building models of each disaster (ones that are buildable) would be more than thrilling for them.  Since the students are so tech savvy now, computer versions would also be cool to them.  They would get a better understanding of each natural disaster.  2nd grade is a young age to teach these devestating effects a natural disasster has on people and the environment.  (So is 9/11/01)  They just cannot seem to grasp the horror in the tragic loss of people and everything that gets (or got) destroyed.  (If anyone has any tips on that, I would love to know!) My husband is part of the GSAR team (Georgia Search and Rescue) for the area and surrrounding area that we live in.  If a major natural disaster hit nearby or depending how big it was, he would be immediately deployed to that area to help. I think allowing the GSAR team to come in and talk about the circumstances in which they are deployed, what they do to help, and other relief teams so as the red cross that are for disaster relief.  As grade levels, students could collect items that would help with disaster relief to send to the town in need.  Not only the displaced people will need supplies, but the people who are helping will need supplies. 


  1. Hello!

    I wanted to suggest the following site:

    You can search for different causes they are interested in, both locally and internationally. You (or your students) can search for different causes they are interested in, both locally and internationally. When the tsunami in Japan occurred, my son's school used a project from this site where the students made origami cranes and sent them in. The number of cranes were counted, and a donation was made based on the number of cranes. He was in kindergarten at the time, and it was an excellent project that all of the students participated in together (he is in a K-8 school).

    One word of caution is that the site is geared towards older students, and some of the articles may reflect this at times. Therefore, I wouldn't recommend sharing the site in the classroom, but I think it may serve you as a wonderful resource! Amy

    1. I just found a website for the younger grades! Let me know what you think

    2. Thank you for mentioning, we really appreciate it. Tracy

  2. Elizabeth,
    I like your idea about having students use blogging to connect to other students or areas during and after a natural disaster. Last semester I learned of a site (haven't used it yet, but am eager to start) that is for classrooms and very much like a FaceBook or other social media sites. This site could be a great way share ideas and thoughts about how to help others:


  3. I Elizabeth,
    I think having your husband come and talk with your students is a great idea. Meeting someone who has to respond to these disasters would really help them to see the human side of natural disasters. I also like the idea of having the students to use blogs as a resource. As Janie mentioned, Edmodo is a great resource for students to use as a blog. I have an account and I am waiting for the school to get its BYOT (bring your own technology) approved so that I can share it with my students.