Man-made and natural disasters seem to be making their way back into the headlines again, forest fires in the UK, tornados in America and the ash cloud from Iceland. Why not use this opportunity to extend your children’s learning in analysis, synthesis and evaluation?
These two tasks cover Disasters Around the World and get the children to consider not only natural, but also man-made disasters.
You could take the idea across the curriculum by covering the geographical, historical and environmental aspects of the disasters. You may even open up a wider debate on the children’s thoughts and fears about the disasters.
The tasks are drawn from Thinking Strategies for the Successful Classroom 9-11 year olds, a book that provides activities to enrich and extend the thinking strategies of the entire class, with in-built opportunities to challenge the skills of the highest achievers.