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Have your class do research on natural disasters and create a presentation using this resource. In completing this activity, learners apply the five geography themes to their research. They write a paper describing their results. It's a great way to provide a cross-curricular approach.
Learners create an expressive painting documenting their experience of a storm. They create a slide show presentation comparing and contrasting the impact and the response to a natural disaster in the 19th century with the impact and the response to a natural disaster that has happened in their lifetime.
Students jointly construct an explanation of a natural disaster. They identify features of environments that affect communities and investigate use of technology to protect against natural disasters. They design posters to support aid to communities suffering from a natural disaster.
Ninth graders investigate the functional relationship of different environmental phenomena. In this math lesson, 9th graders create models of various natural disasters. They use logarithmic and exponential functions to interpret population growth.
Students study global warming by communicating the problem, process and solutions.  In this global instructional activity students use graphs, research and write a critical stance on natural disasters.
Students complete a research project on natural disasters. In this research lesson, students brainstorm types of natural disasters. Students divide into groups and pick one natural disaster to research. Students share their findings with the class.
Third graders study natural disasters. They examine information and safety tips for a variety of natural disaster situation. They construct a disaster supply kit and design a preparedness for their family.
Students research natural disasters. In this disaster lesson, students work in groups to identify a disaster and where it most often occurs. They develop a safety plan and share these with the class.  
Sixth graders classify their regions' natural disaster(s). Within this lesson students enhance their research skills by utilizing different resources, as well as their writing skills by composing short research papers.
Students study different natural disasters.  For this natural disaster lesson students read a nonfiction book followed by a discussion, an experiment,  then collect illustrations from their experience. 
Students read the book "Tsunami!" and discuss natural disasters and how they can prepare. This lesson is much more than a study of tsunamis. The lesson is chock-full of ways to study the Japanese culture across the curriculum. There are many excellent links embedded in the plan that will lead to some nice extensions to the lesson.
A 10-week unit plan about natural disasters has some strong structural ideas, and rubrics for several assessments are attached, but the procedural details are sparse. The unit covers volcano, tsunami, earthquake, and cyclone disasters. Culmination is an information report, with poster, oral response, and narrative assignments.
Here is the unit overview of a fifth and sixth grade science unit on natural disasters. Links to unit components are included. A list of objectives is also featured. All links are functional except those to the worksheets, so you may want to create your own.
Students research various forms of natural disasters that occur in the United States. For this natural disasters lesson, students research using Internet resources and create a PowerPoint presentation for images of natural disasters. Students list the resources on a bibliography slide in the presentation and cite the information.
Students research natural disasters and then create a PowerPoint presentation in groups about the chosen disaster and their opinions. In this natural disaster lesson plan, students debate on their opinions of natural disasters.
Students read and discuss the article "Succession" by Bill Freedman. They create a labeled sketch of each type of ecological succession from its beginning to its climax community. Students create an article about a natural disaster as if writing for the area's local newspaper.
Pupils use Cartesian coordinates to plot current natural disasters. They relate location of natural disasters to their specific major project countries. Students tie in geometry within this lesson as connected to spatial relationships and systems.
After a discussion about natural disasters, move on to talk about how to be prepared for such events. Introduce small groups to the FEMA website and get them reading about how to be safe during the types of occurrences in your area. Each group then takes one of the safety tips and generates a poster to display on campus. A nice extension, other than those mentioned, would be to have older learners teach younger learners with the posters they have created, or to work together to gather materials for a classroom safety kit.
Seventh graders research the Internet and the given websites to complete this lesson.  In this investigating natural disasters lesson students complete several activities about natural disasters. 
Wow, what a terrific lesson! After learning about natural disasters, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis, pupils write an article and publish their work. This lesson is chock full of resources and supplemental materials.

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