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Ready Kids

This website offers information and ideas about preparing families for disasters and emergency situations. Checklists for supplies are provided, along with a form for filling in emergency contact numbers and information that each family member can carry. Games make identifying supplies for emergency kits and important information fun.

Published by U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2008

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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):3, 4, 5, 6
Curriculum Areas:Education
Themes/Keywords: Emergency Preparedness


Vocabulary
emergency, preparation, planning, family, FEMA, water, food, clothing, pets, contact, tornado, earthquake, fire, flood, tsunami, hurricane, terrorism


Essential Question(s)
1. How can we best prepare for emergency situations?

Discussion Question(s)
1. What natural disasters are likely to occur where we live?
2. How do we set up communication systems for emergencies?
3. What goes into an emergency preparation kit?

Extension and Activities
1. Suggest students review the Family Supply List, and go on a scavenger hunt at home with their family members to collect what is needed for their emergency preparedness kit.
2. Encourage students to work with their families to fill out the Family Plan emergency cards.
3. Have students work in groups to research FEMA for Kids pages on tornadoes, earthquakes, flood, tsunami, and hurricanes, and share their findings with the class.


"I used My eCoach for a few years as my classroom website and for surveys and quizzes.

Two years ago, the district asked us to learn to use moodle because it is linked to student's grades, etc... At first, the moodle class page was separate, but needed to be accessed by student username and password. Many students forgot passwords or changed them or couldn't get on because of other reasons. This year there is a link within the students portal site to a moodle classroom page. (They still need their username and password.) This link was not to the webpage I had made earlier, but to a new one. I switched all the information over to the new because I was told the parents would be able to access it from their portal site, also. This was not true. I then switched back to My eCoach and found it so easy to use!

The parents and students both can keep up with assignments because they do not need to remember passwords! This past week, I put together an online test in portal-moodle because I was told it would grade the test and link the grade to my gradebook. What a disaster! The transferred grade was not correct and I am dealing with many e-mails from students who could not submit their finished tests. I believe I will try the on-line quiz in My eCoach next time and just copy over the grade.

I am still only using a small portion of what is available in ecoach, but am looking forward to trying all the new things that Barbara and her team have developed over the past year or so."


Susan Brown
High School Science Teacher
Osceola High School - Pinellas, Florida






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