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Program Content for May 22, 2015

Each week, this lesson will share some classroom activity ideas that use the newspaper or other NIE resources.  You are encouraged to modify this lesson to fit the needs of your students.  For example, some classrooms may be able to use this as a worksheet and others might need to ask and answer the questions in a class discussion. 

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Materials you will need for this lesson: The Seattle Times e-Edition

Article: “What to Do to Make It Through: Help Each Other”

Page: Sports, page C8

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Pre- Reading Discussion Questions: 


Look at the title and images on page C8. In addition to being prepared with a list of emergency contacts and food and water, how can you help your classmates and family in an emergency?




Read the following quotes and determine the meaning of the word based on how it’s used in the sentence:


After a large disaster, connecting with others to share information, identifying those who need help, providing first aid and pooling resources will increase your abilities to make it through until emergency services are available.


(Combining (something) to form a supply which can be used by a group of people)


·       “Emergency preparedness and hazard identification

·       Fire safety and suppression


(hazard: source of danger)


(suppression: ending or stopping something by force)


CERT is a nationally recognized program offered in many communities throughout the country. CERT graduates provide an important resource to the community following large-scale emergencies.


(involving many people or things or covering or involving a large area)


Journal Writing Prompts: 


We’d also like to hear from you. Tell us your story about surviving a large disaster or getting prepared at”


If you have experienced a large disaster, tell your story. Or, describe in detail how you will prepare for one. What supplies will you have on hand? What communication plans with your family and friends have you created? How else have you prepared your classroom and home?


Discussion Questions:


Review the excerpt and discuss the following questions:


You can become even more prepared to help yourself and others by participating in a training course or getting involved in a volunteer organization…

  Skills learned in a basic first aid or CPR class can be useful even if a large disaster doesn’t happen. This training is valuable in many situations and age-appropriate classes are often available.


What will you learn and what kind of skills will you develop in a CPR course? In what other situations might the skills learned in a CPR class be useful? Why are these skills important? What CPR courses and certification are available in your area?


Small group discussion and activity: 


The concept of neighborhood programs is simple. Get to know your neighbors, choose a place to meet after a disaster and make a plan to check on one another and to offer help where it’s needed. Many neighborhood emergency groups also participate in Block Watch programs through their local police departments.


Write a neighborhood program which includes where you will meet after a disaster and resources and supplies which can be available to the neighborhood. What do you think a Block Watch program is? Ask your family and research if one is available in your area.

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