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Edgewood Highland School Library: Natural Disasters

What are Natural Disasters?

Natural disasters are events caused by forces of nature that cause destruction of life and/or property. Well known natural disasters include avalanches, earthquakes, mud slides, volcanic eruptions, floods, tsunamis, cyclones, storms, droughts, tornadoes, forest fires, epidemics and famine.

(From http://www.neok12.com/Natural-Disasters.htm)

Essential Questions

As we work on this unit, think about these essential questions:

1.  What are Natural Disasters?

2.  Why is it important to learn about Natural Disasters?

Video

Assignment

You and a partner will become experts on a Natural Disaster.  We will be working on:

  • Blizzard
  • Earthquakes
  • Floods
  • Sink Holes
  • Tornados
  • Tsunamis
  • Volcanos
  • Wildfires

Directions:

1.  Log into your Google Drive and open the Google Doc I shared with you called "5th Grade Natural Disasters."  (A view-only sample of the document can be found here)

2.  Click on "File" (top left) and then on "Make a copy"

3.  Rename your document using your first name and the name of your Natural Disaster (Example:  Rachel Volcano)

4.  Fill out the information.  There is a sample here.

5.  After learning about your natural disaster, you will be creating a Google My Map to show where your disasters took place.  For a sample of a Google Map, click here.