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Natural Disaster Essays

Time Frame:
2 class periods that run 60 minutes each.

Group Size:


Students will research an historic natural disaster. Research will include information on the disasters’ impacts to weather, climate, waterways and surrounding ecosystems. The research will be compiled into a concise essay.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Earth Science
Standard 2 Objective 3

Demonstrate how the motion of tectonic plates affects Earth and living things.



Background For Teachers:
Objective: Students will demonstrate their knowledge of how an alteration to one of the earth’s spheres influences the surrounding geosphere, atmosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere.

Time Needed: 120 minutes in class, 1-2 weeks outside of class.

Safety/Security Issues: Be sure students treat computers with respect and sign out any computers that are being used. At the end of the class period be sure all computers are accounted for.

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Make copies of the student sheet and overheads.
  2. Reserve 2 days of computer lab time or laptop checkout.
  3. Distribute and review student sheet with students.
  4. Display list of topic ideas with students.
  5. Allow research time. Be sure to monitor student progress and use of class time. You should also be aware of each students topic to make sure it is appropriate for the age level.

Assessment Plan:
Sample Scoring Guide: See Student Sheet.

Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

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Created Date :
Nov 05 2014 09:33 AM