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Program Content for October 17, 2014

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. 

Please be sure to preview all NIE content before using it in your classroom to ensure it is appropriate for all of your students.

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

Article: “Get Weather Ready with Take Winter By Storm”

Pages: H5 and H6

Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014


Pre- Reading Discussion Questions: 


Look at the title and the images on pages H5 and H6. What do you think it means to be “weather ready?” Why is it important to have an emergency contact card? What was the last extreme winter weather you experienced?




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


Complete a detailed home inventory of your possessions and keep in a safe place away from your home (like a safe deposit box).


(to make a complete list of the things in a place)


 Check your roof for loose, missing, worn or damaged shingles to eliminate flying debris and reduce the chance of possible water damage.


(eliminate:  to remove (something that is not wanted or needed) : to get rid of (something)


(debris: the pieces that are left after something has been destroyed)


“Find out if they are prepared to ‘shelter-in-place’ if need be, and where they plan to go if they must evacuate.”

(to leave a dangerous place)


Journal Writing Prompts: 


“Winter storms are just around the corner. Use these tools and resources to prepare yourself and loved ones for hazardous winter weather. Ready your home and property to minimize storm impacts.”


When was the last time your experienced a winter storm? What do you remember about it? Was your home or community damaged? How can you better prepare for winter storms in the future?


Discussion Questions:


Review the excerpt and discuss the following questions:


Identify a safe out-of-neighborhood meeting place. During a storm related disaster, family members may not be in the same location. In case your neighborhood has been damaged in a storm related event, a safe out-of-neighborhood meeting place may be the best alternative. This place may also be the best place to meet in case family members get separated. Know the phone number and contact information of your family out-of-neighborhood meeting place.”


What are examples of safe out-of-neighborhood meeting places? What makes them safe? With your classmates, make a list of these places near your school. Research to locate their phone numbers and contact information.



Small group discussion and activity: 


“Discuss with your family and/or friends how to prepare for and respond to emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play. Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team.”


What types of emergencies are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play? How would you respond to these at school versus at home? What are the responsibilities of your classmates and your teacher? What are the responsibilities of your family members? Make complete lisits for both school and home.


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