This Study Plus unit from the National Strategies asks students to plan the relief aid for a fictitious tsunami along the South American Pacific coast. The project is centred on Concepción, Chile’s second largest urban conurbation. This was the scene of an actual tsunami in 1960, after an earthquake off the Chilean coast.
A variety of facts are to be considered, and then various strategies used to establish how many people may be affected by the disaster, what food, water and shelter are needed and how it could all be transported.
The unit supports curricular targets in fractions, decimals, percentages, and ratio and proportion, and allows the students to solve problems. There are clear cross-curricular links that could be made with geography in the introductory phase.
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