If there is a scheduled tornado drill or other form of disaster drill, teachers can prepare kids first by letting them play through this game. Teachers could require their students to complete all the missions and print out the certificate, which they could then take home. Additionally, for teachers who have a weather unit or curricula that include talking about previous natural disasters like hurricanes or earthquakes, Disaster Hero can augment that discussion to give kids a sense of what they can do if something similar ever happens where they live.Continue reading Show less
The first thing kids will do in this game is create their own avatar hero. They are then whisked away to a futuristic game show-style setting where the valiant leader, Dante Shields, instructs them to complete all the different missions. Each mission is connected to a specific tyle of disaster. For example, in one mission, players are shown two versions of the same room and must find which room is missing the appropriate disaster preparedness items (e.g., an emergency kit, extra food for their pets, a list of emergency contact numbers). Other missions have gameplay that is slightly disconnected from the learning content. One mission involves clicking on objects that appear on the screen. After clicking an object, a multiple-choice question about disaster preparedness appears. As they progress through the missions, they are constantly encouraged by Dante and rewarded with various badges for their performance. After kids complete every mission, they receive a printable certificate that denotes them as a "Disaster Hero."
This game was developed in partnership with the US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The content and learnings come directly from FEMA's federally approved guidelines for disaster preparedness and response. For the purpose of teaching this specific information to kids, this game does a successful job. The graphics are crisp and high-resolution, and the science fiction setting makes it appealing as a game. While the connection between the gameplay and the learning material is not always well constructed, this game provides a fun and interesting way to learn these important skills and tips.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Analyze the interactions between individuals, events, and ideas in a text (e.g., how ideas influence individuals or events, or how individuals influence ideas or events).
Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.