Find ideas and resources for teaching local and historical impacts of emergency events.
Guide students in exploring natural disasters in New Zealand and the emergency events that are most likely to happen in their area.
Discuss pictures of emergency events that have happened in your area or other parts of New Zealand.
Ask questions like:
After these discussions break the class into groups and do a role play of emergencies. Children can perform how to react in an emergency or how to prepare for another one.
You could explore EQC's Fix. Fasten. Don't Forget. for more information on these questions.
Students can present their thinking on Thinking Maps. You can use these maps as starting points to extend students’ thinking. Ask them the following questions.
Explore personal accounts, focusing on thoughts and feelings. Create a flowchart or timeline of events to show the ways people may respond to an emergency.
Read Flood or Isabel’s Upside-down Day. Use prompts, questioning or other strategies to focus on the feelings and emotions of characters in the story.
For information on how to prepare your home and protect your whānau, visit the Be Prepared section of the Earthquake Commission's website.
From the earliest times in New Zealand history, earthquakes and eruptions were recorded. Both as eye witness accounts and as pūrākau. Māori are kaitiakitanga of the land of Aotearoa and, as such, protect and guard the land no matter what form it takes. As tangata whenua, Māori have been involved in all of the emergency events in Aotearoa.
Explore this history and relationship with your students.
Listen to a Roadside Story: Volcano traditions. This is an oral account of pūrākau that explain the volcanic plateau of the central North Island.
Look to the stories and traditions of all the students in your class. What other experiences, stories and perspectives can they bring?
Find pūrākau about historic emergencies on Te Ara, The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
Assign one emergency event to small groups. Ask the groups to investigate and report on the following.
Groups can share the results of their investigation and their ideas on a shared class chart or graphic organiser. They could use this information to create a report for a newspaper or film themselves.
List the possible dangers and damage identified, for example, houses coming off their foundations, blocked roads, people trapped in buildings, power lines coming down, or burst water pipes.
Students can create digital 3D models of what an emergency event might look like in your area. Try using a tool like Sketchfab.
Students can discuss historic emergency events with their whānau. They can complete a summary sheet that explores questions like: