Natural Disasters - 5E Lesson Bundle

Natural Disasters - 5E Lesson Bundle
Natural Disasters - 5E Lesson Bundle
Natural Disasters - 5E Lesson Bundle
Natural Disasters - 5E Lesson Bundle
Natural Disasters - 5E Lesson Bundle
Natural Disasters - 5E Lesson Bundle
Natural Disasters - 5E Lesson Bundle
Natural Disasters - 5E Lesson Bundle
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Natural Disasters - A 5E Lesson Bundle for middle and high school students. Everything you need in one tidy package. This fully-editable, no prep bundle follows the 5E model and provides step-by-step instructions on how to implement it in your classroom. Each included resource is either completely or almost completely self-contained, meaning little to no classroom materials are needed. This bundle contains a mix of digital and paper-based resources and encourages collaboration and creativity at every turn.

Since 5E lessons provide differentiated instruction in their very nature, your students will complete the unit with a deep understanding of:
• Weather vs Climate
• Plate Tectonics
• Natural Disasters
• Meteorological Natural Disasters
• Climatological Natural Disasters
• Geological/Geophysical Natural Disasters
• Hydrological Natural Disasters
• Extraterrestrial Natural Disasters
• Biological Natural Disasters

Your students will also confront and overcome the following misconceptions.
• Lightning never strikes the same place twice
• Hail only falls in the winter
• All blizzards have snow
• All wildfires are bad OR all wildfires are natural
• Volcanoes are randomly located across the Earth’s surface
• Volcanoes are only found on land
• Volcanoes are found only in hot climates
• All volcanoes erupt violently
• There is such a thing as “earthquake weather”
• Earthquakes happen randomly around the world
• You can trigger an avalanche by yelling too loudly
• Tsunamis are tidal waves
• Tsunamis are only caused by earthquakes
• Typhoons, hurricanes, and cyclones are different things
• Floods don’t happen during droughts
• Solar flares can destroy the Earth
• Epidemics, pandemics, and outbreaks are the same thing

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How does the 5E model facilitate learning?
• It emphasizes inquiry, critical thinking, and the process of science
• Its success is backed by countless scientific studies that demonstrate its effectiveness
• It’s built around the idea that humans construct knowledge and meaning from their learning experiences. That they build upon their prior knowledge and to be effective, learning needs to be active and allow the participants to construct new knowledge from their experiences


What's included?

Engagement Phase
- This could involve a short video with probing questions or a discussion based on current events, common misconceptions, etc.
- Creates interest and excitement for your students
- Asks questions and probes their initial conceptions
- In this bundle, your students will be immediately gripped by an engaging video activity which will lead into a class discussion

Exploration Phase
- Students use and develop creative thinking skills, make observations, record results, and make connections
- This bundle comes with a 7-station Lab Activity where they will gain real experiences with the topic
**Note: The lab station activity requires very little preparation or materials**
- For a complete description of the lab station activity, please see below

Explanation Phase
- This is the instructional phase where concepts are presented to the students in a clear and applicable way
- Students develop understanding of the content
- Observations and experiences are discussed and critiqued
- Students develop vocabulary
- Students are able to connect the content presented to previous experiences
- This bundle includes a lesson in PowerPoint and .PDF formats as well as a webquest activity. For a complete description, please see below

Elaborate Phase
- This phase involves the students completing an activity or assignment that forces them to expand their thinking and knowledge of the topic. They will propose solutions and extend their learning to new situations
- This bundle includes a reading that will allow your students to utilize their knowledge in new ways
**Note: This activity requires no preparation or materials**
- For a complete description, please see below

Evaluate Phase
- Your students will demonstrate their understanding and evaluate their own progress
- This phase involves the students completing an activity or assignment that forces them to expand their thinking and knowledge of the topic. They will propose solutions and extend their learning to new situations
- The evaluation section includes a quiz that will allow you to evaluate your students' topic understanding


The NRC's How People Learn has synthesized decades of research across many different disciplines about how people learn. Key findings from that synthesis include the following. First, students (people) must be interested and engaged in what they are learning and find it useful and meaningful. Second, students (people) must be actively involved in the process of teaching and learning, comparing new information to previous ideas, constructing new understandings, and quite simply changing their own minds about how the world works. And third, students (people) need opportunities to apply what they have learned to new situations, to check the completeness of their understanding, and to evaluate their own learning for themselves. (

By incorporating this 5E lesson, you will provide your students with a meaningful and coherent way of learning that best suits their needs. You will also utilize technology in a way that creates order and promotes understanding.


The follow 5E lessons are currently included or will be added shortly. Please note that I will be increasing the number of lessons substantially over the next month. Purchase now before the price goes up.

Earth and Space Science
Climate Change and Global Warming
The Moon and its Phases
Our Solar System
The Seasons
Human Space Exploration
The Life and Death of Stars
Eclipse - Solar and Lunar
Asteroids, Comets, and Meteors
Cloud Types

Plate Tectonics
The Rock Cycle
Natural Disasters

Physical and Chemical Properties and Changes
Atoms and the Atomic Theory
Introduction to Chemical Reactions
Types of Chemical Reactions and Balancing Equations
Molecular and Ionic Compounds
Acids, Bases, and pH
The Periodic Table
The Mole/Avogadro's Number
The Particle Theory
Chemical Bonds
Pure Substances and Mixtures

Solutions and Mechanical Mixtures

Coming Soon:
• Atomic Theory, Atomic Structure, and Isotopes

Cells and the Cell Theory - Complete 5E Unit
The Human Digestive System
Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration
Mitosis and the Cell Cycle
The Circulatory System
The Human Respiratory System
Cell Membrane and Transport
Energy Flow In Ecosystems
The Human Eye
DNA Manipulation and GMOs
Physical and behavioral adaptations
Plant Sexual and Asexual Reproduction
Genetic Disorders
Reproductive Technologies

Coming Soon:
• The Nervous System
• Excretory system
• Endocrine system
• Hearing and the Human Ear
• Plant anatomy

The Cycling of Matter: The Water and Carbon Cycles
Cells and the Cell Theory
Invasive Species
Interactions Within Ecosystems
Physical and behavioral adaptations
Plant Sexual and Asexual Reproduction
Classification of Living Things

Coming Soon:
• Ecological Succession

Newton's Three Laws of Motion
Current Electricity and Circuits
One and Two-Dimensional Motion
Static Electricity
Light and its Production
Energy, Energy Transfer, and its Forms
Kinetic and Gravitational Potential Energy
Electricity Production
Density and Buoyancy
Sound and Hearing
Calculating Average Speed, Velocity, and Displacement
Mass, Volume, Density, and Buoyancy
Work and Energy
Renewable Energy
How Planes Fly

Coming Soon:
• Uniform Acceleration
• Refraction
• Nonrenewable energy sources
• Sound, Sound Energy, and Speed
• Momentum, Conservation of Momentum and Impulse
• Power

General Science
Scientific Method, Skills, and Safety


Explore - Natural Disasters Lab Station Activity

This fully editable Lab Station Activity on Natural Disasters is meant to get your students out of their seats and engaged in the content. This activity was designed for middle and high school physics/Earth science students. Each station not only offers a unique opportunity to test your students' knowledge (offer an opinion, answer questions based on a video or reading, draw, etc.) but also provides a fantastic learning opportunity where your kids are learning through assessment. Each station comes with a description card while some also contain more detailed instructions, a reading, questions to answer, etc. Students are equipped with a recording sheet (passport) to write their answers. There is almost no prep for you. Simply print the cards, lay them out around the room and you're all set. An answer key is also provided where applicable.


This lab activity covers:
- Cloud formation
- Thunderstorms
- Earthquakes
- Earthquake effects
- Tsunamis
- Plate tectonics
- Climate change

Bonus Activities: To ensure your students don’t have any downtime between stations, your lab also includes a 10-word word scramble and word search, both with an answer key. You can use them as part of their mark, as a bonus so it’s not mandatory, etc. However you choose to use it, it will ensure that your students are always busy and never idle. Note: For stronger classes, I give the word scramble and for weaker ones, the word search.

How do the Lab Stations work? Each station is specially designed to be a unique complement to the material while at the same time, provide a valuable learning experience. Below is an overview of how each station works. In your activity, each will be tailored to the specific content.

Station 1: Get Hands-On – using their creative skills, students are required to draw or build.

Station 2: Research – using a classroom computer or their own device, students must research a specific question/issue surrounding the topic.

Station 3: Explain yourself – students write down an opinion to a question in paragraph form.

Station 4: Rest Station - students can use this time to catch up on work they didn't have time to complete at a previous station or prepare themselves for an upcoming one.

Station 5 - Applicability reading – students read a short passage from an article, website, etc. which directly connects the classroom content to a real-life application.

Station 6: Test your knowledge – students answer 5 multiple choice questions then provide a written explanation for how/why they came to their conclusions.

Station 7: Learn from the expert – using a classroom computer or their own device, students must watch a short video clip and answer the associated questions. They may stop, rewind and restart as often as they like during the time frame.

Station 8 - Rest Station.

Station 9: Become the question master – Students must create 2 multiple-choice questions, 2 true/false questions and 1 short answer question. Students must also supply the answers.

These station cards are meant to be used as a lab activity but can also be utilized in a review task before a test or a quiz. Used either way, your students will love it! I know mine do and I'm telling you from first-hand experience as I've used this activity in my own class.

Explain - Natural Disasters - PowerPoint Lesson and Student Notes

This 2-day, in-depth, 53-slide PowerPoint lesson on Natural Disasters begins with an overview of weather vs climate. It then outlines types of natural disasters before covering each category of natural disaster, including the events that fall within those categories. The lesson closes with biological natural disasters.

There are 21 videos embedded in the PowerPoint. Simply start the slideshow and click the image and it will automatically open in your browser. The lesson contains diagrams, examples, and explanations. It includes the lesson (student and teacher versions of the PowerPoint) and a student lesson handout as a word document which follows the PowerPoint.

Included in the lesson package is:

- The teacher version of the PowerPoint
- The student version of the PowerPoint
- 21 videos embedded into the PowerPoint
- Student lesson handout

In order, the lesson covers:
- Weather vs Climate
- Natural Disasters
- Meteorological
- Climatological
- Geological/Geophysical
- Hydrological
- Extraterrestrial
- Biological

The student version of the PowerPoint contains multiple blanks that need to be filled in throughout the lesson. These blanks are conveniently underlined and bolded on the teacher copy. I have found this to be the most effective means of keeping my students engaged and active without having them write everything out. This also leaves more time for discussion and activities.

Elaborate - Natural Disasters Reading Comprehension Article

Natural Disasters. This resource is suitable for high school students as well as strong middle school students. Tackle literacy and science by having your students read and answer questions from a scientific article. Questions include knowledge (direct from the paper), thinking, connecting, application, and open-ended varieties.

The Content Includes:
1) What is a natural disaster?
2) Kinds of natural disasters
3) Meteorological natural disasters
• Lightning
• Tornadoes
• Hurricanes
• Tropical Storms
• Blizzards
• Hail
4) Climatological natural disasters
• Drought
• Extreme Heat
• Wildfires
5) Geological/geophysical natural disasters
• Earthquakes
• Volcanoes
• Sinkholes
6) Hydrological natural disasters
• Tsunamis
• Floods
• Limnic eruptions
7) Extraterrestrial natural disasters
• Asteroids and Meteorites
• Solar storms
8) Summary

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Teaching Duration
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