Secundaria. Segundo grado.

Quest 2 Activity book

University of Dayton Publishing

Unit 4. Natural Disasters

Respuestas del libro

Before you start...

a. What do these pictures have in common?


They are related to natural disasters

b. What is important to do in a situation like this?


Reflexiona acerca de lo que harías si sucediera algún desastre o tragedia.

c. What must you not do un a situation like this?


Piensa en lo que no harías en una situación de tragedia

A. Label the pictures with the corresponding natural disaster.

Label the pictures


Picture 1 = Earthquake

Picture 2 = Avalanche

Picture 3 = Flood

Picture 4 = Hurricane

Picture 5 = Drought

Picture 6 = Blizzard

B. Read the article. Then work in pairs and discuss the questions.

1-. What natural disasters from the reading have occurred in your country before?


Earthquakes, floodings, hurricanes and drought

2-. How do people prepare for these emergency situations in your community?


Being informed and listening to the authorities

3-. How do they affect your community?


They damage homes, people and also, the cities

4-. How can people be prepared for such situations?


Being informed and following civil protection instructions for natural disasters

C. Work in pairs. Look at the article and analyze the questions. Then discuss them with your partner.

1-. Where can you find this type of reading?


Newspapers, scientific lectures, investigations from universities, Etc.

2-. What do you think would be interested in reading it? Why?


Scientists, students, parents, anyone that needs to be prepared for a natural disaster

3-. What information from the article is the most valuable for the reader?


(Escribe lo que consideres más importante del artículo)

4-. What other information do you think would be relevant to include?


(Escribe lo que consideras que al articulo le hace falta para estar más completo)

5-. What do you think is the purpose of the illustrations in the reading?


Illustrate examples of natural disasters in order to identify them

D. With your partner choose a natural disaster from the poster in activity A.....

Discuss what happens during the natural disaster you chose and how it could affect people.


-Escoge y explica un desastre natural y escribe que podrías hacer, como puede afectar a las personas.

A. Work in pairs. Look at the pictures and answer the questions.

1-. What can you see in the pictures?


Electricity, thunders, shelters, evacuation routes, radios, food for emergencies, etc.

2-. What natural disaster do you think the pictures represent?


1-Earthquakes, flooding,

2- floodings,

3- Earthquakes, blizzards,

4- Hurricane,

5- Hurricane,

6- Earthquakes

B. Think about the information given in the interview. Analyze and discuss with your partner the following questions.

1-. Do you think the prevention instructions given in the interview are helpful?


Yes, because it tells people what to do in case of a natural disaster and help us to keep safe and alive

2-. The weather forecaster gave instructions to help people before and during the natural disaster - Which instructions do you think are more helpful?


Before, so you know what you can or can’t do during the natural disaster

3-. What other instructions would you add?


(Write here additional instructions you consider important)

C. Work in pairs and answer the questions.

1-. Where can you hear this type of program?


Radio, television

2-. What do you think listens to this program?


Kids, adults and third age people

3-. Why is this information relevant for the people hearing it?


Because it helps them to be prepared in case of a natural disaster and they will take action and avoid getting injured

D. Work in groups. Discuss the questions.

1-. How common are these types of natural disasters in your community?


Not common (Depende de tu comunidad)

2-. What safety measures can people take in this type of natural disaster?


Save food that won’t root, have alternative energy, localize the nearest shelter, Etc.

Ver explicación

3-. Which tip from the ones mentioned in the interview is the most important?


(Escribe el ‘tip’ más importante de la entrevista)

4-. What could your family do to be prepared for an emergency?


(Escribe lo que consideras que tu familia podría hacer para estar mejor preparada para un desastre natural)

A. Work in pairs. Look at the pictures in the poster and its title.

Talk about what people can do to be prepared for this kind of natural disaster


(Escribe lo que consideras es importante hacer cuando sucede un tornado) Example: listen to the radio to know the damage, what you can do, stay in your house, Etc.

C. Work in pairs. Consider what you need to do in these situations.

1-. Before an earthquake


You should not be below buildings, trees, bridges or electric wires. (Puede ser otra respuesta)

2-. During an earthquake


You should not run, you need to stay where you are. (Puede ser otra respuesta)

3-. Before a flood.


You should investigate if you are vulnerable, so you can have time to leave. (Puede ser otra respuesta)

4-. During a flood


You should stay where you are and also, you should be listening to the news in order to know if you are safe. (Puede ser otra respuesta)

A. Work in groups. Look at the pictures and answer the questions.

1-. Do you think these pictures were taken before, during or after a natural disaster?



2-. How can you tell?


Because you can see injured people, destroyed buildings and firemen rescuing people.

3-. What do you think people should do after a natural disaster?


Help people that was affected by the disaster. (Puede ser otra respuesta)

B. Read the text. Work in pairs to analyze and discuss the questions.

1-. Do you think having instructions of what to do after a natural disaster is useful? Why?


Yes, because the next time it happens you know what you can, can’t or need to do

2-. Where can people find such information in your community or country?


In government offices, internet, television, newspaper, Etc.

3-. What do people normally do in your community or country after a natural disaster?


(Escribe lo que tu comunidad o país hace cuando sucede un desastre natural)

4-. What relevant instruction would you add to the text.


To let your friends and family you are well and ask them if they are okay.

C. Complete the instructions for after an earthquake with your own ideas.



-the structure of your house.

-if the electricity is working.



-to the radio for news.

-to the local authorities instructions.

Before going back to your house...


talk to your family and friends.

If necessary, talk to...


public services like doctors or firemens.

D. Work in pairs. Answer the questions.

1-. Why do you think it is important to know what to do after a natural disaster?


To help other people and to be prepared if another disaster occurs

2-. How can you help someone who has psychological problems after a disaster?


Recommend them a psychologist, helping him to overcome the their problems

3-. Which tips are the most useful?


Be prepared, have food that won’t root and also, stay informed and listen to the local authorities instructions.

A. Work in groups.

Look at the title and the pictures in the leaflet and discuss what instructions might be included in the leaflet.


-Being informed and secured

-Don’t panic and stay in safe places

-Follow instructions and check damages, contact the authorities

B. Read the leaflet. Analyze and answer the questions with your group.

1-. Is a leaflet a useful way to inform the community? Why?


Yes, because it is easy to understand and very well illustrated

2-. Do you think the leaflet gives enough information to help people be prepared for a natural disaster? Why?


Yes, it has the most meaningful instructions that applies for almost every natural disaster.

3-. What is the purpose of including images in a leaflet?


To make it easier to understand

4-. What do you think is the purpose of having images in one or two colors on warning signs?


It resembles a traffic light, so yellow is prevention, red is don’t move and green is move forward

C. Write one more instruction of what to do before, during and after an earthquake.



Practice drills



Don’t run 



Help the people you can help, stabilize their neck and back

D. Work in pairs. Read the leaflet again and discuss the questions.

1-. How is the information in the leaflet organized?


Prevention, during the earthquake and what to do after it happens. 


2-. Are the instructions in the leaflet clear enough? Why?


Yes, it has images and very little text

3-. Why do you think instruction in the leaflet are short?


So it can catch the user attention and the user can read it very quickly.

4-. What other information might you expect to see in a leaflet of this type.


Telephones of services you can call during the disasters, contact information. Also, who made the leaflet and references of the information

A.Label the natural disaster warning signs with the corresponding words from the box.



















B. Work in groups and discuss the questions.

1-. Why are warning signs helpful?


Because they tell us possible dangers in the zone or what things we can or can’t do. (Sugerencia, la respuesta puede variar)

2-.Why do you think the signs are in the same color?


Because yellow stands out and also because they indicate the same thing, disasters.

3-. Which of the above signs is the easiest to understand? Why?


Volcano, because it has a volcano. (Puede ser otra respuesta)

4-. Which is the hardest to understand? Why?


Flood, because the water doesn’t look like water

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