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Natural Disasters

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Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Ottawa, Ontario

Lesson overview
Students will use a poster map from 1996 to explore the causes and effects of natural hazards on Canada and different areas of the world. They will use a geographic thinking framework to explore the many sides of natural hazards.
Grade level
Grade 9
Time required
Two 60 minute lessons
Additional resources, materials and equipment required
* Computer/projector for showing videos and learning objects
* Student computers for research
Introduction
Begin this lesson by showing news clips about recent natural disasters and engage the students in a brief discussion about natural hazards – What do they already know?

Introduce the Learning Object (the poster map). Explain that this is a thematic map and was created in 1996. Host a discussion about what they think of the map. What does it tell us? Why was it created? Is it effective?

Students will watch the news clips and participate in the discussion.

Students will look at the information on the map analyze the content for effectiveness. They will explain what they know by reading it.
Lesson Development
Part one - causes:

In groups, have the students research the causes of one of the six natural hazards discussed on the poster to research.

Part two – effects:

In the same groups, have students continue to research the same hazard as in part one, this time looking at the effects that it has both on the natural and human systems.
Conclusion
Remind students that this map was originally created in 1996. Lead the students in a final discussion about what would be different if the map was made now? Would it look the same? What events/hazards would need to be added, etc.

Students will work together to determine the changes that would have to be made to the learning object to make it more accurate for use today.
Natural Hazards map
Image of a map of natural hazards that have occurred in Canada
A historical look at the natural disasters recorded in Canadian history since the 1600s.

Canadian Geographic




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Learning Objectives

Students will explore the causes and effects of natural hazards on Canada and different areas of the world.