This project was created to go along with my unit studies over natural disasters. The fifth grade reading series in my classroom has a unit of selections that pertain to both nonfiction and fictional texts about natural disasters. Texts include: Earthquake Terror, Volcano, Eye of the Storm, and a magazine article about hurricanes, floods, and tsunamis. Since our earth science curriculum has a section over natural disasters and other natural occurrences, I overlapped the science and reading and had my students complete this project during our unit study.
In this project students will research a topic with outlined questions, create a presentation, make a model, and present their findings to the class.
Depending on your class size, you could either set this up as an individual or a partner project for your class.
This packet includes 10 individual project reports with detailed instructions and questions pertaining to each of these topics:
2. floods and drought
6. avalanches, landslides, and mudslides
7. winter storms and blizzards
9. volcanic eruptions
10. thunderstorms and lightning
Again, depending on the number of students in your classroom you could pick and choose which ones to use. All ten projects are laid out in the same respect. The directions for each project are the same, but the questions differ in that they pertain to the particular topic.
This packet also includes instructions for completing the project in two different formats so that you can best meet the needs of your students. You can choose to have your students create a poster project or a PowerPoint project, depending on the materials and resources that you have available at your school and the abilities of the students in your classroom.
Finally, this packet includes a project rubric and an additional activity idea for presentation day.
NOTE: This product is also available in a bundle pack titled, Science Projects throughout the year. Eight activities/projects are included in the bundle pack.