Creating a Compassionate Unit Study on Japan and Natural Disasters

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As we continue to hold the people of Japan in our thoughts and prayers, we can also help our children understand the situation and develop a compassionate attitude toward others. There’s a lovely post, Learning Unit – Japan and Natural Disasters, from that offers ideas for a compassionate unit study.

The unit study from is divided into studies in social studies (learning about Japan), science (learning about natural disasters), character (feeling sorrow for the people of Japan and finding ways to help), and preparation (being prepared in case of an emergency or natural disaster where we live).

Here’s a post from on 10 Ways to Talk to Kids about World Events in the News. It has suggestions for helping your child during any natural disaster or disturbing news event.

Here are some more resources that could be used in a unit study on Japan and natural disasters:

About Japan

Japan from ABC Teach

Japan Printables and links from

Japan: Peeps at History and Child Life in Japan from the Baldwin Project

Japan from the Happy Homeschool

international unit study 1: Japan, Part1, international unit study: Japan part 2, and Japanese game to use for memorization from Homeschooling ADD Kids

Japan Lapbook by Ami on Homeschool Share

Japan from North Attleborough Public Schools

Japan and earthquake/tsunami unit study / lapbook resources from Random Creativity

Japan Unit Study from SnowDEN with the Fam’

Japan Unit Study by LilliputStation on Squidoo

Japan Unit Study (121 pages) from My Homeschool Education

Japan Unit Study from the Well-Trained Mind Forums

About Earthquakes and Tsunamis:

Plate Tectonics free video from Brain POP

Earthquake and Tsunami Unit Study and Lapbook from Homeschool Mo

Why Do Earthquakes Happen? from UPSeis

Compassion and Ways You Can Help Japan

How You Can Help the Earthquake and Tsunami Victims in Japan from Time NewsFeed

{Free Printable Design} Love for Japan! From the TomKat Studio

Praying for Japan (excellent for preschoolers) from Watkins Every Flavor Beans

I’d love to hear about your Japan studies and ways you’ve helped your child understand the situation in Japan.

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