Courtesy of Tecson John S. Lim, Administrator, Tacloban City, Republic of the Philippines.
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Operation Rescue Teacher’s Guide allows student teams to plan and mount a simulated aid mission. The mission is based on a real disaster, Super Typhoon Yolanda, which struck the Philippines in 2013. As part of the investigation, teams prepare international travel documents, learn about the mission destination and its people, investigate disease risks for themselves and survivors, determine what types and how many relief supplies to prepare as part of their team mission, train as navigators using online software, simulate crating of items on master pallets according to plane specifications, plot the fastest route to the destination—including stops for fuel, and finally, participate in a mission debriefing.
1. Introduction to the Mission
2. Destination Tacloban
3. Travel Documents
4. Learning About Disease Threats
5. Crisis Planning
6. Learning to Use a Web-based Map Tool
7. Designing and Constructing Payloads
8. Designing Flight Plans
9. Mission Debriefing
A thorough set of teacher background information is available at the beginning of the guide.
The Operation Rescue Teacher’s Guide is designed to be used as a stand-alone teaching unit. However, depending on the age of the students, the unit storybook, A Storm Named Yolanda also may be used to generate a deeper interest in this subject. Both books are available free-of-charge in PDF format.
Note: The activities have been successfully used with students in grade 5.
Additional resources for activities in the guide are available for download below.
Funded by the following grant(s)
The Science of Infectious Disease and the Immune System: K-5 Teaching Resources
Grant Number: 1R25AI097453