Japan earthquake and tsunami
On 11th March 2011 an earthquake off the east coast of Japan registered 8.9 magnitude. The earthquake triggered a massive tsunami, which hit the northern port of Sendai, killing thousands of people and leaving many more unaccounted for. The enormous scale of the natural disaster has left a devastating humanitarian crisis in Japan.
British Red Cross appeal for funds to be raised in the UK and sent to the Japanese Red Cross
The Japan earthquake and tsunami resources collection is for Primary and Secondary teachers - to help explain how earthquakes and tsunamis happen - to help pupils understand the devastation that natural disasters can cause - to learn about life in Japan.
Further materials include - PSHE materials to explore upsetting feelings - literacy resources for journalistic writing - Japanese poetry resources.
Lesson Plan and supporting resources: Earthquake and tsunami, Japan 11th March 2011 (KS3 /KS4) Geography - Weather and climate
Thanks to Andy McFadden
- Japan Earthquake Powerpoint (pictures, tasks, videos & instructions)
- Japan worksheet Powerpoint
- Adapted newspaper article
Learning objectives: What happended on Friday and why was it so deadly?
What if you could explain where the earthquake and tsunami in Japan happened, what caused these events and describe some of the ways the north east coast of Japan has been affected.
What we are looking for is key detail to explain what happened, with locations and analysis of how the north east coast of Japan has been affected.
What’s next? To examine the further challenges Japan will face, right now in the short term and then in the longer term as they try to recover.
In the news Geography - Japanese Earthquake (KS2 / KS3) Geography - Weather and climate
Why do earthquakes happen? (KS2 / KS3 / KS4) Geography - People
Useful words and phrases in Japanese - ideal for Japanese children or for projects on Japan (KS1 / KS2)
Natural Disasters - Tsunami (KS2 / KS3)
Predicting tsunamis in Europe (KS4 / KS5)
What is a Tsunami
Earthquakes (KS3 / KS4) Geography
Earthquake assessment (KS3) Geography
Earthquake information and links for Primary schools (KS2)
Key information on volcanic eruptions and ash.
Plate tectonics and seismic waves
Plate tectonics (KS4) Chemistry - GCSE Geological processes Geography
Plate tectonics word match (KS3 / KS4) Geography
Plate tectonics true or false (KS3 / KS4) Geography
Plate tectonics quiz (KS3 / KS4) Geography
Plate tectonics animations (KS4) Geography Chemistry
Seismic waves powerpoint (KS4) Geography Physics
Learning about life in Japan
Japan - Human or physical (KS3 / KS4) Geography
Japan - Teachers TV video about life at school in Japan - offering a focus on behaviour
The Japanese Flag (KS2 / KS3 / KS4) Geography
Japan quiz - formative, summative, research (KS3 / KS4) Geography
Barnaby Bear in Japan (KS1 / KS2) Geography
A question of Japan (KS2 / KS3 / KS4) Geography
PSHE - Feelings
Circle time card (KS1 / KS2) PSHE
How are you feeling? (KS1 / KS2) PSHE
Discussion toolkit (KS2 / KS3 / KS4) PSHE
Emotional literacy wordbank (KS2 / KS3 / KS4) PSHE
Literacy - Report writing
Writing a news report - Japan earthquake 2011 (KS2 / KS3) English - Writing Geography
Non chronological report, writing frame- Widgit
Checklist for a news story (KS2) English - Non-fiction texts
Setting out an information text (KS2) English - Non-fiction texts
Newspapers (KS3) English - Non-fiction texts
Japan Scheme of Work for Teachers of English
Japan Quiz - Supports SOW
Japan Key Words Wordsearch
Japanese Artefacts - Starter / Plenary / Research
Non-chronological report-What are the features?
Journalistic writing (KS2) English - Non-fiction texts
Literacy - Japanese poetry: Haiku and Tanka
Tanka explained (KS2)
Fiction writing - Haiku poems
Haiku poetry (KS3)
Forms of Poetry: Haiku
Forms of Poetry. Haiku. The seasons
Forms of Poetry: Haiku. Theme of winter
Poetry Techniques and Features