Natural Disasters

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Flood- Jackie French- Bruce Whatley

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The cattle dog looks out and sniffs the air. At first the rain is a welcome
arrival after the dry spell, and the land looks green again. However the rain
soon becomes too heavy and causes a surge into the river. The river bursts its banks and the water flows into the town, causing a great flood. Everyone is scared as they escape onto roofs and into boats. The flood causes a lot of
destruction to  homes and buildings and even the boardwalk gets swept away
down the swollen river. But there are lots of brave heroes, like the tug boat
that stops the board walk from crashing into the bridge, and the strangers
that wade into the water to rescue people. As the water finally recedes
lots of people came to help with the clean up and to offer food and hope.
Bruce Whatley questions the use of the word ‘heroes’ in the story ‘FLOOD’.
“Are they heroes? They are giants!”
1 Who are the unusual main characters in the story?
2 Why do you think these characters were chosen by the author and illustrator?
3 Who are the giants in the story?
4 Describe their ‘giant’ acts during and after the devastating floods.
 5 Write a glossary for the underlined words in the text.
Create your own Bruce Whatley style illustration.
This may help with the questions about the characters in the story.
The story uses a clever way to connect with different people: it has an animal as a central character, or a narrator. Lots of authors and illustrators useanimals instead of humans because no matter whom we are, we can relate to an animal more easily than a human who might not look like us.
Jackie didn‟t know that Bruce would make a dog the main character, but for Bruce “The dog became the symbol of Australia and the Australian spirit. It became
the eyewitness for us in this particular narrative.” Although the story begins with a terrible event, it takes a more positive turn as people come together to help each other.
Jackie also wanted to celebrate the Australian spirit in a time of great difficulty: “More than 60,000 volunteers helped with the cleanup.
Scholastic resource files

Watch the following BtN story:

Answer the following comprehension questions in your Reading book:

Summarise the story.

1: Where is Mt Ruapehu?

2: Why are eruptions at Mt Ruapehu particularly dangerous?

3: What is the name of the mudflow caused by the eruption?

4: What can trigger the mudflow?

5: How often does Mt Ruapehu erupt?

6: How do scientists monitor the volcano’s activity?

7: What is seismic monitoring?

8: A flow that starts at the top of the mountain can be _________ bigger by the time it reaches the volcano’s base.

9: Name 3 facts you have learnt from this BtN story.


Extension Activity:

Draw a cross section of a volcano showing the following features:

crater, magma, chamber, lava flow, ash cloud, vent, dike, sill, mantile


Wild Weather

Click on the link below and watch the BTN story ‘Wild Weather’ then answer the questions below in your English book.

You might like to use these links to further develop your answers.

Bureau of Meteorology – Climate Zones Australia

Bureau of Meteorology – About Tropical Cyclones

Behind the News – Wild Weather

ABC News – Oswald creates weather chaos in Queensland (photos)

ABC Catalyst – Taking our temperature

CSIRO – Extreme Events

NSW Education and Communities – Under the Microscope: Climate Change

Focus Questions:
1. Summarise the Wild Weather story.

2. What Australian states have recently been hit with extreme weather?

3. What types of extreme weather did these parts of Australia experience?

4. What is the name of the ex-tropical cyclone that recently hit the coast of Queensland?

5. Due to flooding, thousands of people in Bundaberg recently had to ___________ their homes.

6. In the BtN story, Sarah wanted to find out why we are getting all this wild weather so she visited the Bureau of:
a. Meteorology       b. Archaeology         c. Astronomy

7. Why would you normally see more cyclones in summer?

8. What factors can increase the severity of a bushfire?

9. How did this story make you feel?

Natural Disasters

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Click on the link below and watch the BtN story. Then you need to complete the focus questions in your language book. Remember to either write the question AND the answer or the question IN the answer.

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