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Natural Disasters Project Editable Nonfiction Writing Task {Common Core aligned}

Grade Levels
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Resource Types
Common Core Standards
RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.7, RI.4.9, RI.4.10, W.4.2, W.4.4, W.4.5, W.4.6, ...
RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.7, RI.4.9, RI.4.10, W.4.2, W.4.4, W.4.5, W.4.6, W.4.7, W.4.8, W.4.9, SL.4.4, SL.4.5
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Included in this product is everything you need to have your students complete a project on a natural disaster. I designed it to use with my 4th graders, but it can easily be used for grades higher than 4th or to challenge 3rd grade students. I had students research a natural disaster in pairs and their projects included a 5-paragraph essay, visual aid, and oral presentation.

*UPDATE* The student directions handout and project grading rubric are now editable. Open the Powerpoint version and click on the document of slides 2 and 7. A text box will appear that you can edit.

Included in this 10-page PDF-file is:
1. Title Page
2. Student directions and expectations for the project
3. List of natural disasters for project choices
4. Planning guide for 5-paragraph essay
5. Sample 5-paragraph essay on hurricanes
6. Grading rubric for essay
7. Grading rubric for presentation of project
8. Picture examples of students’ visual aids for completed projects
9. Common Core standards addressed
10. Credits and Information page

This project aligns with many common core standards. It also requires a lot of technical, nonfiction reading that the common core recommends.

4th Grade Common Core Standards Addressed:
Key Ideas and Details
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.8 E
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.9
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2a
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2b
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2c
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2d
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2e P
Production and Distribution of Writing
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.5
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.6
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.8
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.9
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.9b
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.5
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10
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
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Great stuff!! Maybe add more explanation of what needs to be in Body 1 (where disasters occur, how are they formed, etc.) that way students know exactly what to put.
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I really appreciate your feedback! I just updated the product and made slides 2 and 7 (student project directions and project grading rubric) editable in the ppt version. Just re-download your purchase and you can click on the slides on those pages to edit them for your needs. Thank you for your purchase and I hope your students enjoy the project!
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I just uploaded a revised version where slides 2 and 7 (project directions and project rubric) are now editable. Just redownload! Thank you!!
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On  March 2, 2013,  Peggy P. said:
Wow - this is great. My students love disasters!
Thanks!
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Disasters are fascinating! Thank you for your feedback:)
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This writing activity is well laid out and covers so many expectations. It looks super easy to use - for both the teacher and the students. This is a topic my class will love - especially the boys.
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Natural Disasters Project Editable Nonfiction Writing Task
Natural Disasters Project Editable Nonfiction Writing Task
Natural Disasters Project Editable Nonfiction Writing Task
Natural Disasters Project Editable Nonfiction Writing Task