Natural Disasters Research Project | Science Project Based Learning

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Kids love learning about natural disasters, so use this engaging topic to help them work on important research and writing skills. This natural disasters research project guides your students through all the steps, from brainstorming to reflection. This science project based learning activity is a great cross-curricular activity your students will love.  

Researching natural disasters gives kids a chance to dig deeper into a topic of interest. They can learn about the research and report writing process and a particular natural disaster.  Please see the preview to view a sample of the natural disasters research project.

This series of lessons introduces students to informational texts and how to use these texts to find information about natural disasters to write a report. Students will then work on consolidating information and report writing. 

Natural Disasters Research Project Target Skills:

  • Understanding that reports are used to describe
  • Using information texts to collect facts about natural disasters
  • Writing a report to explain a natural disaster

Natural Disasters Research Project includes:

  • Topic wheels
  • Interesting words chart
  • Graphic outlines
  • Data charts
  • Framework for reports
  • Natural disasters research project
  • Instructions for the research project
  • Reflection Self-Assessment and Peer-Assessment

Natural Disasters Project Based Learning:

The culmination of the series of lessons is for the students to act as reporters for the 'National Geographic Magazine.' With this in mind, the students design a section about a chosen natural disaster to be included in a magazine. Their sections need to have: a cover page, title page, contents page, bibliography, report, and a choice of either pictures, labeled diagrams, maps, or an eyewitness account.

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  • “A completely scaffolded unit that further develops students inquiry processes.”
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  • “I love how this is set up, and how it integrates a self-assessment! Will be using with my Year 4s to assess English and Science.”

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Melinda Crean

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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