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Summary Page: What`s the plan, Stan? - getting ready for an emergency
Term 4 starting 11 October 2016.



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What will you do in an emergency? You probably already know to "Drop, Cover and Hold" during an earthquake. But as a citizen of New Zealand, we all need to know more about the six natural hazards that cause emergencies - floods, storms, earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes, and landslides. More importantly, we need to know about the six impacts - Stuck at home, Can't get home, Have to evacuate, No power, No water, No phone or internet.

During this virtual field trip find out about New Zealand's history of emergencies caused by natural hazards. Explore the latest and best practice recommended for you and your school during an emergency. This field trip coincides with the release of the updated "What's the Plan, Stan?" education resources.

Where you will go

New Zealand is on the "Pacific Ring of Fire". In our lifetime each of us is likely to experience a major emergency caused by a natural hazard. You might be at home, at school, or on holiday when an emergency strikes so everyone everywhere needs to know what to do.

On this trip you will be in Auckland. You may be surprised to learn that Auckland city is unique as it sits on a volcanic field so a volcanic eruption could happen. Also Auckland is built on an isthmus, with a harbour on each side, so its tsunami risk is real. Although Auckland does not sit directly over a fault like some other cities, it is still at risk from earthquakes. You may also be surprised to learn that landslides generally cost New Zealand more than earthquakes as they are common; Auckland experiences landslides too. Lastly, Auckland also experiences floods and storms like everywhere else in New Zealand. On this field trip you will learn more about the risks and impacts of an emergency where you live and what you can do to prepare yourself.

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

  • the "What's the Plan, Stan?" resources for schools
  • why it is important for all New Zealanders to be prepared for an emergency
  • the six types of natural hazards that cause emergencies in New Zealand
  • New Zealand's history of emergencies and why we should know about them
  • the risk of an emergency where you live
  • the six impacts of an emergency
  • how to prepare your family for an emergency
  • how to prepare your home for an emergency
  • what you should do in an emergency and how you can minimise the impacts and cope
  • who has special requirements during an emergency and how they can be helped
  • the relationship between citizenship and emergencies caused by natural hazards
  • EQC - the Earthquake Commission
  • MCDEM - Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

During this field trip you will:

  • see "What's the Plan, Stan?" in action
  • go to Auckland locations that have been affected by different volcanic eruptions
  • go to Auckland's two big harbours, Manakau and Waitemata, to see what could happen in a tsunami
  • go to landslips in the Auckland area to see what happened and find out why
  • find evidence of earthquakes on Auckland's natural and built environments
  • go to places around Auckland that have been affected by floods and storms and see what has changed
  • create or update an emergency plan for your home
  • create or update emergency supplies for your home
  • create or update portable emergency supplies
  • 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 supplies
  • have the opportunity to share one experience of an extreme natural event
  • follow what's happening on the website and on twitter at #learnztrip

After the field trip, challenge yourself to:

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

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.

Go to more teacher comments about related LEARNZ field trips.

Learning Areas/Levels

Health and Physical Education: Personal Health and Physical Development Levels 1-5, Healthy Communities and Environments Levels 1-5; Science: Planet Earth and Beyond Levels 1-3; Social Studies: Identity, Culture and Organisation Levels 1-5, Place and Environment Levels 1-5, Continuity and Change Levels 1-5

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

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