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Critical Reading Series: Calamities
They have the power to shake the universe. They helped form the earth beneath our feet. They can bring both blessings and devastation. No human can control them. No man can fully comprehend their awesome majesty.
Natural disasters can happen at any time or place. They can bring sorrow, but they can also teach important lessons about who we are, what is important to us, and what joys life can hold for every human being.
Because natural disasters are such an essential, and often overlooked, part of our lives, it’s important to know how they function and how to prepare for them. As you complete this cyber lesson our hope is that you can Master Your Disaster!
Natural disasters happen somewhere in the United States every single day. These disasters cause huge amounts of damage to property, the economy, and people’s lives.
Experiencing a severe weather condition can be terrifying. Many people will live through more than one and some may never experience any. But what would it be like to live through an earthquake, hurricane, or a tornado?
Essential question: What type of preparation is necessary to stay safe during severe weather?
Start your schema!
You and your friends are all preparing for terrible weather in five different locations. (Talk about a bad day! ) Your task is to write a letter to a friend and tell him/her how you know that your weather condition is about to happen and how you plan to survive. Include in your letter the tools that you chose for your survival kit.
Use the number that you were given in your group to determine what state and severe weather you are going to investigate and experience.
25 Sunny Drive
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
*Team member 2 is in a hurricane in Louisiana.
47 Windy Lane
New Orleans, LA 70112
*Team member 3 is in a flood in South Dakota.
12 Rainy Place
St. Vermillion, SD 57069
*Team member 4 is in a tornado in Kansas.
74 Spinning Road
Greensburg, KS 67054
*Team member 5 is a pen pal near a volcano in Ecuador.
38 Eruption Street
lo te 31
Quito, Ecuador SA
As you read the selected texts, you should take notes and complete the Master of Disaster page.
Click on the graphic below and copy and paste the template into a Word File on your computer. Remember to fill this out as you read!
Read through each of the following resources that contain information on your disasters:
Web sitesNatural Disasters: Destructive Forces of Nature This site gives general information and safety tips for tornadoes, volcanoes, tsunamis, lightning, earthquakes, drought, and hurricanes.
FEMA For Kids: The Disaster Area This site is written specifically for kids. It gives information and safety tips for floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunami, thunderstorms, earthquakes, wildfires, and winter storms.
This site also gives both information and safety tips. The sections include earthquakes, hurricanes, severe weather, tornadoes, tsunamis, and volcanoes.
Now that you have some background information, read the accompanying non-fiction text that has been assigned to your role.
Hurricanes: In the Eye of the Storm
Tornadoes: Killer Tornado
Volcanoes: Krakatoa: The Doomsday Crack Heard Round the World
Earthquakes: The World Series Earthquake
Floods: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1993
As you read, please continue filling in the Master of Disaster sheet to help guide your reading and record important information that can be used in your letter and discussion.
Next, click on the graphic below and use the website ReadWriteThink to develop your letter. Use the addresses given to you earlier as your return address and the real names of your classmates when writing your letter.
Make sure you follow this format:
Paragraph 1 : Explain the causes behind your natural disaster
Paragraph 2 : Explain how you are preparing for the disaster
Paragraph 3: Explain how you are feeling at this moment
(connect to the text)
Play Water, Wind, Earth against the computer and see who comes out the winner!
Prepare your yard for the worst during a hurricane.
Are you a math whiz? Take this math challenge that incorporates natural disaster information.
Reflection: Please share some additional comments about this experience. Explain what you think went well and what didn’t go well. Support what you say with specific examples.
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