We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.

Kurt Vonnegut(1922-2007)

Mother Night, 1961

Natural Disasters Crossword

Natural Disaster Croosword Sheet


Give every student a sheet. Notice that there are no clues on the sheet. That's because they are on strips. You willl need one set of strips for every 3-4 students. Crossword strips actually make a crossword more difficult because clues can not be read together and need to be dealt with randomly. Of course the students will need to know the words to be able to answer the crossowrd so use this sheet as a review. The full list of words is as follows: avalanche, blizzard, cyclone, drought, earthquake, flood, hailstorm, heatwave, hurricane, landslide, sinkhole, thunderstorm, tornado, tsunami, typhoon, wildfire.

Suggested approach

Get the students into groups of 3-4, give each student a sheet and each group a set of strips. Tell the students to shuffle the strips. Announce a time limit to complete the sheet and set the timer going. There are 16 words to find so a limit of between 10 to 20 minutes should be OK.

Students take turns reading strips to each other and solving the clues. After writing down a word students should find the corresponding picture and write down the crossword number and diriction using the little boxes. In this way the studetns ar building up a complete crossword. If a group can't solve a clue they may send out one member to ask other groups if they have an answer. If no group can answer a clue the group should put it to one side and proceed with the next clue. When time is up go through any outstanding clues and either give hints so that the students can guess the word or just give the answer. All students should end up with a complete crossword.

getfile: Natural Disaster Crossword

PDF File B5, 3 pages, 3.61 mb
Put up 15th July 2019