Category Archives: Earth and Beyond

Stop Disasters – Great game with science links

Stop Disasters is a great game from the ISDR.  ISDR stands for International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. The Strategy brings many organisations, universities, institutions together for a common objective: reducing the number of dead and injured by disasters triggered by natural hazards.

This is a single player game, but groups of children in a classroom environment can play collaboratively and discuss the best course of action to take. Additional learning material for students and teachers is available in the ‘Information’ section of this web site.

Each scenario takes between 10 and 20 minutes to play, depending on the disaster you are trying to prevent and your skill level. There are five scenarios to play, and each can be played on easy, medium or hard difficulty levels.

The game would be a great link to the Primary Connections Stage 3 | Earth and Beyond | Earthquake explorers Unit.

Major earthquakes cause dramatic changes to the Earth’s surface. Strong earthquakes can affect millions of lives by causing buildings to collapse, destroying roadways and bridges and affecting basic necessities such as electricity and water supply. Fortunately, the majority of earthquakes are barely noticed. It is still not possible to accurately predict where and when an earthquake will happen. However, greater understanding of their causes helps scientists estimate the locations and likelihood of future damaging earthquakes. The Earthquake explorers unit is an ideal way to link science with literacy in the classroom. This unit provides opportunities for students to develop an understanding of the causes of earthquakes and how they change the Earth’s surface. Through investigations, students explore earthquake magnitude data from Australia and neighbouring countries, drawing conclusions about patterns in the data.

Eyes on the Sky, Feet on the Ground

This Eyes on the Sky – Feet on the Ground site was developed by Harvard.    It has links to hundreds of fun explorations into astronomy as a classroom tool for learning how to theorize, experiment, and analyze data.  The activities are fully illustrated and contain detailed, step-by-step instructions as well as suggested discussion topics. The site is lots of fun for teachers and students alike.

Eyes on the Sky – Feet on the Ground contains the complete text and graphics of the collection along with related links, a table of contents, an explanation of how to use this book, and email links to the authors.

Don’t forget to check out the Everyday Classroom Tools for an inquiry-based science curriculum!