Masters of Disaster®
The American Red Cross, with generous support of the Allstate Foundation, has developed a curriculum that not only teaches students about disaster safety, but helps teachers meet their required objectives as well! We know that teachers have a lot to cover to meet the learning objectives prescribed by their school system. That's why we've developed the Masters of Disaster curriculum--to help teachers integrate important disaster safety instruction into their regular core subjects such as language arts, math, science, and social studies. This is not additional material for teachers to work into an already packed school day. Rather, the Masters of Disaster curriculum, which is aligned with the National Education Standards, supplements the lessons teachers are already teaching. At the same time it provides students with information to help them prepare for disasters and stay safe during and after a disaster in their home, school, or community.
How does this work? The Masters of Disaster Curriculum Kit contains ready-to-go lesson plans, activities, and demonstrations on disaster-related topics that teachers can incorporate within core subject areas. For example, a teacher can show students how to plot latitude and longitude on a map by using the curriculum's lesson on how to track a hurricane, or augment instruction on the water cycle with activities in the lessons on floods. Or a teacher working with students on word recognition and decoding will choose to use the vocabulary section of the curriculum.
While strengthening students' core academic skills in science, math, social studies, and language arts (including reading, word comprehension, and spelling), the Masters of Disaster curriculum educates them about hazards that cause injury, death, and damage in the United States. The materials are designed for flexibility, so that teaching teams can integrate hazard-related lessons into the core academic subjects. The curriculum focuses on--
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Masters of Disaster® Key Target Audiences
While teachers in your community are your primary target audience, you should also market to groups such as school principals and resource/mentor teachers, school district curriculum specialists, the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), local teachers' union, after-school centers, and others interested in the safety of children and families.
Teachers are the frontline users of the Masters of Disaster® curriculum. In pilot tests around the country, in 23 states as well as Guam and Puerto Rico, teachers were overwhelmingly enthusiastic about the Masters of Disaster curriculum and reported that they and their students found the lessons and activities interesting, educational, and fun!
Principals want students and families to stay as safe as possible and to be prepared for disasters that can happen anywhere, at anytime, often without warning. Principals can influence teachers to adopt the curriculum.
Resource/Mentor Teachers, who often work with new or less experience teachers in finding creative and innovative ways to teach lessons, will find Masters of Disaster curriculum materials a tremendous resource. These teachers can serve as in-service trainers, and can influence others to adopt the curriculum.
Curriculum Specialists are also looking for new and creative ways to meet school district or state teaching requirements. The Standards of Learning Matrix in the front of each curriculum kit clearly defines how Masters of Disaster helps meet such requirements. Curriculum Specialists have a great deal of influence on acceptance of using the Masters of Disaster curriculum district-wide, in all schools and all grade levels for which it was designed.
Parent Teacher Associations and after-school centers are also advocates for disaster safety education. They are often very influential in the adoption of new curriculum and should be included in school-based meetings.
Masters of Disaster® Curriculum Format
The lesson plans for specific disasters are divided into KNOW and DO sections. KNOW lesson plans concentrate on the causes and science of a particular natural disaster and how to prepare for it, while DO lesson plans teach how to stay safe. All lesson plans contain hands-on activities. The curriculum includes information on how to prepare a family disaster plan, how to make a disaster supplies kit, and how to hunt for hazards at home and at school. It also includes interesting and interactive lessons on what causes floods, hurricane and tornado winds, lightning science, and making a school more resistant to earthquake damage. (Fire safety is not treated separately because many other excellent teaching materials already deal with this topic.)
The Masters of Disaster® curriculum is specifically tailored for lower elementary (K-2), upper elementary (3-5), and middle school (6-8) classes. For each of the three class groups there is a customized kit* that contains--
*The Masters of Disaster curriculum is available as a complete kit (K-2, 3-5, or 6-8) through the local American Red Cross chapter. Kit posters, stickers, and certificates are also available for separate order through chapters as well.
For additional information on the Masters of Disaster curriculum, please visit the American Red Cross Web site at www.redcross.org/disaster/masters.
Masters of DisasterTM An alliance between the American Red Cross and the Allstate® Foundation supporting disaster safety education for students and their families.