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Summary Page: ShakeOut - getting ready for earthquakes
Term 4 starting 13 October 2015.



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What will you do in an earthquake? Last year 26.5 million people around the world joined ShakeOut drills to practise how to be safer during earthquakes. During this field trip you will join with students at Waitākiri school in Christchurch to prepare for the second New Zealand ShakeOut event on the 15th of October.

Sir Geoffrey Palmer a former Prime Minister of New Zealand said: "Sometimes it does us a power of good to remind ourselves that we live ... where two tectonic plates meet, in a somewhat lonely stretch of windswept ocean just above the roaring forties. If you want drama - you've come to the right place."

Teacher comments about related field trips

"Was at the right level and linked in really well with our Inquiry / science focus of natural disasters - 'What's the plan stan?'" Good platform to teach the nature of science. Paul Hammond from Greytown School.

"Pitched to range of levels - many students are visual learners so the videos and photo gallery are especially useful." Robyn Gillies from Roncalli College.

"A neat and different way to engage kids." Jennifer Dodson from Rangikura School.

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Where you will go

New Zealand is on the Pacific Ring of Fire so we get lots of earthquakes. You might be at home, at school, or on holiday when an earthquake strikes so everyone everywhere needs to know what to do. On this trip you will be in Christchurch where lots of lessons have been learnt about how to prepare for and respond to earthquakes.

To prepare for this field trip, LEARNZ content will support inquiry into:

  • why it is important for all New Zealanders to be prepared for earthquakes
  • the earthquake and tsunami risk in your area
  • how to prepare your family for an earthquake
  • how to prepare your home for an earthquake
  • The drop, cover and hold drill (the right action to take in an earthquake)
  • who has special requirements during an earthquake and how they can be helped
  • being prepared for other extreme natural events such as tsunami and landslips
  • the relationship between citizenship and extreme natural events
  • EQC - the Earthquake Commission
  • MCDEM - Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management
  • New Zealand Shakeout on social media #nzshakeout

During this field trip you will:

  • register to be counted in the New Zealand ShakeOut Drill
  • follow a class in a New Zealand school as it gets ready for New Zealand ShakeOut
  • follow what's happening on twitter at #nzshakeout and #learnztrip
  • experience the drop, cover and hold drill through the eyes of another New Zealand school
  • create or update an emergency plan for your home
  • create or update an emergency kit for your home
  • create or update a portable getaway kit
  • secure furniture and other items around your home
  • have the opportunity to put a record on social media of one action you have taken, such as:
    • a photo of your emergency kit
    • a tweet about how you have made your home quake safe by putting heavy books lower down on a bookcase or securing a TV so it won't fall over
    • a video of the drop, cover and hold drill at your school
  • have the opportunity to share one experience of an extreme natural event, such as
    • an audio interview with someone who has experienced an earthquake
    • a written account of an earthquake
    • your experience of an earthquake
    • your thoughts about how prepared you are for an earthquake

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

  • add an annual check of your home's emergency plan to your (online) calendar
  • check the earthquake preparedness of one other person in your extended family or an elderly person that you know

Learning Areas/Levels

Social Studies: Identity, Culture and Organisation Levels 2-5, Place and Environment Levels 2-5, Continuity and Change Levels 2-5

  • Vision, Values, Key Competencies, Principles, Literacy and Numeracy

    By their nature, LEARNZ field trips integrate with the higher levels of the NZ Curriculum. Participation encourages development of the Key Competencies around Thinking, Using language, symbols and text, Managing self, Relating to others, and Participating and contributing. Teachers indicate this in testimonials. LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Literacy, with opportunities to develop skills in Listening, Reading and Viewing and in Speaking, Writing and Presenting. More about LEARNZ as a Reading Resource and student writing opportunities with LEARNZ. Select LEARNZ field trips have support and activities for Numeracy, encouraging the development of skills in Number and Algebra, in Statistics and in Geometry and Measurement.

  • ESOL

    As well as providing visual and audio material and access to real experiences, LEARNZ links well to ESOL Principles, especially Principle 3 Maintain and make explicit the same learning outcomes for all the learners. How can I make the lesson comprehensible to all students? How can I plan the learning tasks so that all the students are actively involved? Do my students understand the learning outcomes? Principle 4 Begin with context embedded tasks which make the abstract concrete. How can I put these concepts into a concrete context?

  • What's in a Field Trip

    Every LEARNZ field trip has its own newly-built, self-contained web site ready for integration into your teaching and learning programme. Teacher Support has curriculum integration, resources, newsletters, support and evaluation. Prepare Students provides opportunities for student inquiry on two sets of image-rich background pages at reading levels 2 years apart, (students can click to have those pages read to them out loud), online interactive and other activities to check students' understanding, and a glossary. During the field trip there are live tweets on twitter, and daily additions such as a diary, video clips, profiles of the experts (ideal careers education), a photo gallery, and ambassador (mascot) page updates. Live web conferences via Adobe Connect enable teachers to managed students putting prepared and spontaneous questions to experts (recorded for replay). After the field trip, teachers are encouraged to take further action with their class in the community or to go on a related field trip, or to invite a guest speaker, or to present what they have learned to a wider group. Teachers also fill in an online evaluation (more about reflective practice), the field trip prize winner is drawn, and the final newsletter is sent. Content remains online for continued use.

  • How teachers use LEARNZ

    View teacher comments in testimonials and in the LEARNZ Group on the VLN. There are two main ways teachers use a LEARNZ virtual field trip with their class. Firstly, a LEARNZ field trip is ideally an immersive, engaging, synchronous, online learning experience with real-time components and a myriad of opportunities for teachers and students. Secondly, and less ideal but still effective, a LEARNZ field trip can be used as a retrospective experience where the resources such as photos, text, activities, videos and audioconferences/web conferences comprise a unique collection of authentic, contemporary New Zealand teaching and learning material.

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Inquiry Topics: community involvement, disasters, earthquakes, emergency management, extreme natural events, future focus, geohazards, government, hazards, infrastructure, landslides, leadership, management, perspectives, planning for earthquakes, publicity, risk management, story telling, tsunami, values, viewpoints

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