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Walt Disney Company

Disaster Preparedness Activity Book

For Students K - 5th Standards
Join the American Red Cross as well as Mickey and friends as they help to prepare young scholars for natural disasters. After reading brief informational passages about earthquakes, floods, fires, storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes,...
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STEM for Teachers

Tsunami!

For Teachers 4th - 6th
How does the depth of an ocean affect the speed of a tsunami's waves? Use Jell-o, graham crackers, and marshmallows to model the effects of an underwater earthquake and its resulting tsunami. The lesson includes hands-on activities,...
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Curated OER

Running an Elementary Book Club

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Combine reading with fun in order to create lifelong, literary-minded learners who love to read.
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Curated OER

Floods and Flash Floods

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Junior geologists, hydrologists, or meteorologists simulate what happens during the flooding of a river and demonstrate factors that contribute to flash flooding. This outstanding resource provides a vocabulary list, online resources,...
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Curated OER

Beyond Media Messages: Media Portrayal of Global Issues

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Take a close look at news reporting techniques and global issues. Begin by creating a graphic representation of developing nations and defining the term. After class discussion, the second day's activities pick up by deconstructing news...
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Curated OER

Natural Disasters and the Five Themes of Geography

For Teachers 7th - 8th
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...
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K20 Learn

This Is How the World Ends: Coronal Mass Ejections/Space Storms

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Is this the end of the world as we know it? Pupils prepare for a coronal mass ejection during a lesson plan from the K20 Center. The activity combines video and Internet research in a collaborative assignment that focuses on public...
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Newseum

Covering a Catastrophe: Evaluating Disaster News

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Young journalists investigate the various ways to share news about a disaster and evaluate the pros and cons of each of these types of news. Individuals then select two different forms of media reports of a recent disaster. Using the...
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EngageNY

Analyzing Point of View: Inferring about the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on People Living in New Orlean

For Teachers 5th Standards
What, where, how? Readers hone their analysis skills as they determine the narrator's point of view in Eight Days. They complete a literary analysis chart and essay to describe what and where events take place. Individuals then discuss...
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EngageNY

End of Unit Assessment: Perspectives on Natural Disasters

For Teachers 5th Standards
Caption this! Scholars complete the end of unit assessment by rereading In the Middle of the Storm. Learners answer written response questions about the text, and then create drawings to accompany their work. To finish, they caption the...
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EngageNY

Mid-Unit Assessment: Analyzing a New Narrative about a Natural Disaster, Part II

For Teachers 5th Standards
See it through my eyes. Scholars complete mid-unit assessment part II by writing an essay describing how the narrator's point of view influences how the story is told in the text In the Middle of the Storm. Pupils also complete a...
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EngageNY

Analyzing Images and Language: Inferring about the Natural Disaster in Eight Days

For Teachers 5th Standards
Pictures often reveal different meanings. Scholars analyze the images in Eight Days and discuss how they add meaning to the text. Readers answers questions about how specific colors are used to create different emotions. Learners then...
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Workforce Solutions

Evacuate!

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
After a hurricane touches down on an area, locals begin the clean-up process. The Cynergy Plant requires cleaning, a blood drive is underway, temporary homes are needed for those that evacuated, and toiletries are rationed. Five lessons...
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EngageNY

End of Unit Assessment Part II: Science Talk

For Teachers 5th Standards
Scholars complete Part 2 of their end of unit assessment by having a science talk. Pupils pair up to answer questions about what makes a natural disaster. As one learner talks, the other records what is said. They then trade places. 
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EngageNY

End of Unit Assessment, Part 1: On-Demand Essay “What Makes A Hurricane A Natural Disaster?”

For Teachers 5th Standards
It's time to refine writing and word choice. Learners work on Part 1 of their end of unit assessment by creating an essay titled What Makes a Hurricane a Natural Disaster? They use glossaries and graphic organizers from previous lessons...
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EngageNY

Organizing Evidence from Multiple Informational Texts to Prepare for Writing: What Makes an Earthquake a Natural Disaster?

For Teachers 5th Standards
Fifth graders prepare for their end of the unit essay assessment by continuing to look at what makes an earthquake a natural disaster. They complete a graphic organizer and write a topic sentence. To finish, they view a model essay and...
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EngageNY

Synthesizing Information from Texts about Natural Disasters: What Makes an Earthquake a Natural Disaster?

For Teachers 5th Standards
Are all disasters natural? Scholars reread Earthquakes! to determine what classifies these events as a natural disaster. They label earthquake facts as N for natural or D disaster to support their ideas. They then discuss academic...
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EngageNY

Mid-Unit Assessment: Text-Dependent Short-Answer Quiz—The Effects of Natural Disasters

For Teachers 5th Standards
Readers complete a mid-unit assessment by reading the text How Do Hurricanes Form? They answer text-dependent questions about hurricanes with short answer and sequencing. Learners then participate in a read aloud and text chunking...
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EngageNY

Relationships Between Key Scientific Concepts: What Causes Hurricanes?

For Teachers 5th Standards
A storm is brewing in the sea. Scholars complete multiple reads of How Does a Hurricane Form to determine gist, cause-and-effect relationships, and deepen vocabulary understanding.  To finish, they complete graphic organizers to record...
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EngageNY

Relationships Between Key Scientific Concepts: Planning What Causes Earthquakes

For Teachers 5th Standards
That is ground shaking news! Scholars read Earthquake in multiple reads to determine the gist, identify cause and effect relationships, and understand vocabulary. Learners complete graphic organizers to describe what happens before and...
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EngageNY

Building Background Knowledge and Making Inferences: What Is a Natural Disaster?

For Teachers 5th Standards
That's a disaster! Scholars complete a gallery walk to view images and make inferences about natural disasters. They fill out a note catcher about what they observe and infer any questions they may have. They then participate in a World...
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American Museum of Natural History

Volcanoes Magma Rising

For Students 6th - 12th
Get ready for an explosive lesson! Learners read and interact with an online lesson describing the characteristics of volcanoes. They study specific historical volcanoes as well as the science of volcanic eruptions using animations and...
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Radford University

Danger! – An Analysis of the Death Toll of Natural Disasters

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Decipher the danger of natural disasters. Using researched data, scholars work in groups to create data displays on the number of deaths from different types of natural disasters. They share their graphical representations with the class...
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eBook
Utah Education Network (UEN)

Utah Open Textbook: Earth and Space Science

For Students 9th - 12th
From the vast universe to natural disasters, Earth and Space Science studies phenomena near and far. A complete textbook offers informational resources for a high school Earth and Space Science course. Chapters include topics such as the...