Within the scope of their international studies program, students in the third cycle (fifth and sixth grades) at St. Edouard School made presentations on natural disasters throughout the world. Students first did research on tornadoes, cyclones, earthquakes and forest fires, then put together an exhibition which they presented to the fifth grade class of Catherine Olivier.

The students, in small groups, were required to make an oral and visual presentation on catastrophes in general, identify the tools, the scope, scale and the elements that enable us to either control or predict them, and describe their potential impact on the environment, society and populations.

The students then prepared a quiz for their audience, adapting their language to suit their spectators. These quizzes also enabled the teacher to verify whether the students had mastered their subject, as those who were able to explain their topic to different language lev- els were not just doing a cut and paste job. In fact, even the youngest pupils who visited this science exhibit were fascinated.

The trainee presenters did serious work and their presentations had plenty of substance; their scale models and powerpoint presentations were captivating.

The next research module for the third cycle will examine the rights of children throughout the world.

Translation: Tam Davis