I Can Talk About Disasters




Duration of Lesson: 55 minutes    Learners’ ages: 10-13         Number of learners: 21

Target language proficiency: High Elementary          Native language: Armenian

Prior learning related to this lesson:  During the previous classes, Ss have covered the present perfect tense and present simple passive.

Lesson Plan Objectives:

LO1 ·         Identify the natural disasters
  • Express their opinions about the natural disasters
  • Know the difference between the natural and manmade disasters
  • Practice the newly obtained vocabulary in their speech
  • Come up with some ideas for survival
  • Work in groups, sharing information to complete a task


  • A box of chalk
  • Handouts



  1.  “Homework check”      (5-8 minutes)
  2. Greet Ss and tell them that they are going to have a discussion about natural disasters.
  3. First, ask Ss to open their workbooks to page 41.
  4. Check all the exercises on page 41 by asking some Ss to read the answers aloud.
  1. “Natural disasters”, LO#1,2      (5 minutes)
  2. Write “Natural Disaster” on the board.
  3. Ask Ss who knows what a natural disaster is.
  4. If they don’t know tell them that a natural disaster is a natural and catastrophic event, like an earthquake that causes lots of damage and is out of humans’ control.
  5. Show Ss the pictures of natural disasters (see appendix 1).
  6. Ask them to describe the pictures by discussing the following questions:
  • What is happening in the picture? What has happened?
  • Have they ever been in those situations? Which ones?


  1.      “I can talk about natural disasters” LO#1,2,4, 6 ( 15 minutes)
  2. Ask Ss to open their books “English in Mind 2” to page 54.
  3. Read  the names of natural disasters in exercise “a” aloud and ask Ss to repeat after you.
  4. Ask them to work in pairs and try to match the words with the pictures.
  5. Give them 2  minutes.
  6. Check the answers by asking some of Ss to read the answers aloud.
  7. If the answers are wrong, ask other Ss to correct them, if they can not, do it yourself, by giving a definition or a description.
  8. Then, ask Ss the following questions for a discussion:
  • What natural disasters have you seen recently on TV?
  • What problems do the natural disasters cause?
  • Which are the most  dangerous disasters? Why?
  1.   Ask Ss to look at the pictures again and tell which picture is different and why.
  2.    Ask some Ss to explain the difference between the natural and the man-made disasters.  Ask them to bring an example.
  3. If they can not, explain the difference yourself and bring an example                        



  1. “Surviving  game”  LO # 5,6 (20 minutes )


  1. Tell Ss that now they are going to play a surviving game.
  2. Ask Ss who knows the meaning of the word “survive”.
  3. If they do not know, tell them that “survive” means to remain alive after a disaster.
  4. Divide Ss into groups of three.
  5. Distribute the handouts (See appendix 2).
  6. Tell them to imagine that a natural disaster is happening and they do not have enough time and space to take many things with them.
  7. Ask Ss to pick only 5 most needed items with them according to the situation they are given.
  8. Tell them they need to present why they have chosen the items and how will they use them.
  9. Give each group a situation such as an earthquake, flood etc.
  10. Tell them they have 10 minutes.
  11. After finishing the activity, ask each of the groups to come to the board and present.




  1.      “I can name the disasters” LO#1  ( 5 minutes)


  1.     Tell Ss that now we are going to check what natural disasters they know.
  2.     Read the following definitions of natural disasters and ask Ss to name them:
  • A shaking of the ground, that happens suddenly and can cause death.
  • A mountain where a hot lava comes out from its top.
  • An overflow of water on land which is usually dry.
  • A very high, large wave in the ocean that is usually caused by an earthquake under the sea (can cause great destruction when it reaches land).
  • An extremely large, powerful, and destructive storm with very strong winds.


  1. Give the homework for the next class.