Natural Disasters Teacher Resources
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The Joy of Natural Disasters
Simulate a natural disaster to inspire problem-solving, collaboration, creativity, and teamwork.
Natural Disasters and the Five Themes of Geography
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.
Students 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.
Natural Disasters Unit
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.
Natural Disasters: Unit Overview
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.
Modeling Natural Disaster with Mathematical Functions
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.
Natural Disasters Make the Newsletter!
Fifth graders research the effects of and preparation needed while dealing with natural disasters. They create a newsletter using the information from the research.
Is FEMA a Natural Disaster?
Students develop an understanding of FEMA and reflect about the consequences of a natural disaster. In this natural disaster lesson, students are asked specific questions after reading several stories. After class discussion on the stories, students create a PowerPoint presentation on FEMA.
Does Global Warming Increase the Intensity of Atmospheric Natural Disasters?
Students study global warming by communicating the problem, process and solutions. In this global lesson students use graphs, research and write a critical stance on natural disasters.
Preparing for Natural Disasters
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.
Learners 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.
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.
Our Nation's Natural Disasters
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.
Natural Disasters: An Adventure in Non-Fiction
Students study different natural disasters. In 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.
Publishing Natural Disaster Articles
Wow, what a terrific instructional activity! After learning about natural disasters, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis, pupils write an article and publish their work. This instructional activity is chock full of resources and supplemental materials.
Natural Disasters Make the Newsletter!
Students research natural disasters and then create a newsletter that tells a fictional account of a natural disaster. They include information on the preparations needed in the event of the disaster and how to survive it.
Ninth graders write a description of a natural disaster. They list as many natural disasters as they can think of. The class discusses any natural disasters individuals have witnessed first hand. They watch a brief clip of a film that portrays a natural disaster and discuss the video clip.
What Do We Do? Natural Disasters in the United States
Students research various forms of natural disasters that occur in the United States. In 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.