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Natural Disasters

Avalanches. . . Hurricanes . . . Tornadoes . . .
Floods . . . Tsunamis . . . Droughts . . . . Earthquakes . . .
Volcanic Eruptions . . . Wildfires . . . and more!

We have all watched the evening news and learned of devistating weather or a natural disaster hitting an area of the United States or some other location in the world. The news reporters show viewers the chaos and damage done by the dangerous storm or natural disaster. What conditions caused this to happen? Where did this happen? Why didn't people move to safety? All of these questions and more need to be answered so we can better understand DANGER !

Essential Question : How can the public better prepare for dangerous weather conditions or natural disasters?

Step 1:
Science students will research their dangerous weather condition or natural disaster. Students will use the Natural Disaster handout to answer specific questions about their research topic.

Students are required to take notes from both print and digital resources. (Students are required to use a minimum of 3 resources.) Notes are short facts paraphrased by the student. Notes SHOULD NOT BE COPIED from books or websites. Library books have been put on reserve in the school library for your use.

Below are some digital resources students might find useful.

Avalanches

Grolier Online
Avalanches
Danger Scale
Avalanche Safety Tips
Avalanche Awareness
Avalanche Safety
Safety in the Back Country
How Avalanches Work
Surviving an Avalanche
Prevention & Control
Infotopia.info

Droughts

Grolier Online
What is a Drought?
Severe Drought
Preparing for Drought
Drought Info for Kids
U.S. Drought Portal
Drought for Kids
Droughts
Interesting Facts about Droughts
Measuring Drought
Being Prepared for a Drought
Droughts
Drought Basics
Drought Index
Insect Invasion
Infotopia.info

Earthquakes

Grolier Online
Earthquakes--Weather Wiz Kids
Ready.gov-Earthquakes
Earthquake Facts
Earthquake Safety
The Science of Earthquakes
Weather Watch-Earthquakes
Earthquake FAQs
During an Earthquake
Why do Earthquakes happen?
How are Earthquakes Measured?
Earthquake Questions & Answers
Why Earthquakes Occur
Earthquake Facts
Types of Faults
Infotopia.info

Floods

Grolier Online
Rains & Floods--Weather Wiz Kids
Ready.gov-Hurricanes
Floods
Flash Flood Safety
Floods & Flooding
Weather Channel-Flooding
The Hows & Whys of Floods
Disaster Supply Kit
FEMA Flood Info
Floods
Flood Safety Tips
Infotopia.info

Hurricanes

Grolier Online
Hurricanes--Weather Wiz Kids
Naming Hurricanes
Hurricanes--How They Work
KIDSTORM--Hurricanes
Weather Watch-Hurricane
Ready.gov-Hurricanes
Hurricane
Hurricane Basics
FEMA - Hirricane
Weather Channel - Hurricanes
Hurricane Eye
Hurricane Season
Hurricane Safety
Hurricane Basics
What makes a storm a hurricane?
Hurricane
Hurricane Warning
Facts about Hurricanes
Infotopia.info

Tornado

Grolier Online
Tornadoes--Weather Wiz Kids
Weather Watch-Tornado
KIDSTORM-Tornadoes
Ready.gov-Tornadoes
Tornado Alley
Weather Channel-Tornadoes
Overpasses as Shelter
Tornado Safety in School
Nature's Violent Storm-Tornado
Facts & Figures about Twisters
Causes of Tornadoes
Tornado Safety
Tornado
Facts about Tornadoes
When & Where do Tornadoes Occur?
What is a tornado?
Types of Tornadoes
Earth's Most Violent Storm
How are Tornadoes Formed
Tornado Safety Tips
Tornado Watch vs Warning
Infotopia.info

Tsunamis

Grolier Online
Ready.gov-Tusnamis
How to Survive a Tsunami
Tsunami Safety
Killer Waves
Tsunami
Causes of a Tsunami
Student Guide to Tsunamis
Tsunami Scale
Public Preparedness
The Tsunami Page
Tsunami FAQs
Japan's Disaster Figures
Japan's Coast Shifted
Japan's Tusnami Shifts Earth's Axis
The Physics of Tsunamis
Tsunami
Tsunami Facts
What is a tsunami?
Infotopia.info

Volcanic Eruptions

Grolier Online
Volcanoes--Weather Wiz Kids
Weather Watch-Volcano
Predictions of Danger
Volcano Scale
Ready.gov-Volcanoes
Top 10 Deadliest Volcanic Eruptions
Volcanic Ash
Volcano
Volcano Safety
Volcanic Violence
The Deadliest Eruptions
Predicting Volcanic Eruptions
Risks
Volcanic Eruptions
Volcano
Volcano Safety Tips
Effects of Volcanoes
Infotopia.info

Wildfires

Grolier Online
Are You Prepared?
Wildfires - Ready.gov
What is a wildfire?
Stop Wildfires!
Wildfire Safety Checklist
Wildfire
How Wildfires Work
Fire and Wildfire Safety
Wildfires Danger Rating System
Natural Hazards-Wildfires
What Causes Forest Fires?
Causes of Wildfires
About Wildfires
Measuring Wildfires
Being Prepared
Wildfires
Infotopia.info

Step 2:
Students will prepare a two minute "live" newscast. The newscast will be videotaped. Students may need special clothes, props or maps depending upon what presentation they select. For example, a meterologist may need a weather map, a pointer and a necktie. A field reporter may need an umbrella, microphone and maybe boots. A victim may need crutches or other visual clues.

weather manStudents may choose to report about the disaster as a meterologist.
Another student may choose to pretend to be a field reporter live on-site. News Reporter
victim Or a student may choose to act as a victim of the disaster.

Students should refer to the scoring tool (pdf file) when preparing for their "live" newscast.

Step 3:
During presentations, students will complete the Active Listening Tool to increase background knowledge about these dangerous conditions. spacer

Be Smart . . . Be Safe . . . Be Prepared

 

When you are finished recording your newscast, visit this
link to find the Natural Disaster Enrichment sites.