Natural Disasters

Introduction

We will be reading about Natural Disasters and how they impact our communities, states, countries, and world. Watch the video to learn about volcanoes, Earthquakes, & Tsunamis https://youtu.be/EobNZUK6EfQ

 

 

Task

You will create a PowerPoint using the information you have found on one of the topics we will be studying. You will choose to be an expert on Earthquakes, Volcanoes, or Tsunamis.

Process
  1. Open your web browser and type in the following URL: www.weatherwizkids.com
     
  2. Find the Severe Weather tab at the top of the page and click the appropriate topic to answer the questions. Please answer the questions in your own words.
     
  3. Pick one topic that you really enjoyed and create a 5 slide poerpoint that includes facts, pictures, and diagrams.

 

 

Earthquake Questions

  1. What is an earthquake?
  2. What causes an earthquake?
  3. What is a fault?
  4. What are plate tectonics?
  5. What is a seismograph?

Resources:

  • Click Here to see an animation of an earthquake. 
  • Click Here to learn more about plate tectonics and the drifting of our continents.
  • Click Here to calculate the strength of earthquakes!

 

Volcano Questions

  1. What is a volcano?
  2. How are volcanoes formed?
  3. What are the different stages of volcanoes?
  4. Why do volcanoes erupt?
  5. What are plate tectonics?
  6. How many volcanoes are there?
  7. Why does lava take a long time to cool down?
  8. What is pumice?
  9. What is the largest active volcano?
  10. What is the Ring of Fire?
  11. What is volcanic lightning?
     

Resources:

  • Click Here to learn more about volcanoes from USGS.
  • Click Here to learn more about plate tectonics and the drifting of our continents.

 

Tsunami Questions

  1. What is a tsunami?
  2. What is the difference between a tsunami and a tidal wave

Resources:

  • Click Here to see an animation of an earthquake and the resulting tsunami. It’s great for kids, because they get to see how it actually happens!
  • Click Here to get the latest tsunami warning information from the NWS.
  • Click Here for tsunami safety information.
Evaluation

HyperStudio/Powerpoint Appearance and Content : Natural Disasters

    • Teacher Name: Mrs. Millheim

      Student Name:     ________________________________________

     

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    Content - Accuracy

    All content throughout the presentation is accurate. There are no factual errors.

    Most of the content is accurate but there is one piece of information that might be inaccurate.

    The content is generally accurate, but one piece of information is clearly flawed or inaccurate.

    Content is typically confusing or contains more than one factual error.

    Use of Graphics

    All graphics are attractive (size and colors) and support the theme/content of the presentation.

    A few graphics are not attractive but all support the theme/content of the presentation.

    All graphics are attractive but a few do not seem to support the theme/content of the presentation.

    Several graphics are unattractive AND detract from the content of the presentation.

    Background

    Background does not detract from text or other graphics. Choice of background is consistent from card to card and is appropriate for the topic.

    Background does not detract from text or other graphics. Choice of background is consistent from card to card.

    Background does not detract from text or other graphics.

    Background makes it difficult to see text or competes with other graphics on the page.

    Spelling and Grammar

    Presentation has no misspellings or grammatical errors.

    Presentation has 1-2 misspellings, but no grammatical errors.

    Presentation has 1-2 grammatical errors but no misspellings.

    Presentation has more than 2 grammatical and/or spelling errors.

    Conclusion

    I hope you enjoyed learning about natural disasters and sharing your presentation with the class.