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Students will understand the following:
1. Volcanic eruptions that take place near populated areas can be disastrous.
2. The level of destruction caused by a volcanic eruption depends on several factors, including the kind of volcano eruption and the speed at which the lava or ash flows.
3. Volcanic eruptions can often be predicted.
4. Measures can be taken to help people cope with the disaster of a volcanic eruption.

The Impact of Natural Hazards Around the World

This lesson is designed to help students understand that the negative consequences of natural hazards can be reduced if we understand our vulnerability to learn to prepare for them.

Natural Hazard Risks in the United States

Students will

* label several towns on a blank map;
* view a map showing which natural hazards exist in each of these towns, and record their findings;
* research and take notes on earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods; and
* conduct case studies on specific towns that are susceptible to natural hazards.

Earthquakes and Volcanoes

This lesson asks them to compare maps of plate tectonics with population density maps and to analyze what these maps imply about the relationship between population and seismic hazards

The Three Little Pigs in Earthquake Land

Students will

* listen to “The Three Little Pigs” and discuss the importance of having strong and sturdy buildings;
* view pictures of an earthquake fault and volcanoes, and discuss these two types of natural disasters;
* listen to earthquake safety recommendations; and
* draw pictures or write letters telling the three little pigs how to prepare their homes and themselves for an earthquake.