The heartbreaking tragedy in Haiti this week provides teachers and librarians with key classroom challenges. Below are some resources to help address the earthquake and its aftermath with students. Please share your stories of how you are responding to the devastation.
Teaching About the Earthquake in Haiti
The Earthquake in Haiti – PBS Lesson Plan. A strong lesson plan with several activities.
5 Ways to Teach About Haiti Right Now. From the New York Times Learning Network.
CNN Student News. Report on the earthquake in Haiti with a good explanation of earthquakes.
Addressing Students’ Fears
The graphic images and stories emerging from the earthquake and its aftermath may frighten or confuse children (and adults, too!).
Talking to Children About Traumatic Events, provides tips from education.com.
Scholastic provides a strong resource for Talking to Your Kids About Natural Disasters, War and Violence.
Children may feel better if they can do something to prepare their community to face a potential disaster. The Learn and Serve Resource put together a guide to Service-Learning Resources and Tools for Natural Disaster Response Efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina. It is still relevant and useful.
How Students Can Help
Collect food and personal items for distribution to earthquake victims. Organize a drive for dry and canned food, toiletries, school supplies, clothing and more. Be sure to contact a reputable aid organization to see what is needed. Money is always needed. Hold a bake sale or can drive. Read about what schools are doing in Palm Beach County (Florida).
Though Haiti is in immediate acute crisis, they also face entrenched problems causes by poverty. Encourage students to make a long-term commitment to help Haiti.
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New Earthquake in Haiti coverage.