Natural Hazards - Severe Weather NGSS Science UNIT | 4th Grade

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These Natural Hazards Fourth Grade Next Generation Science Standards include 8 different science stations where students deepen their understanding of natural forces behind natural disasters that influence communities and individuals . The focus is on 4-ESS3.B. Natural disasters include earthquakes, ocean waves and currents, volcanoes, plate tectonics, tsunamis, winter storms, thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding.

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Natural Hazards Stations Include

Vocabulary Cards in two formats with and without pictures.

Big Idea Posters that explain the key concepts.

Watch Video - Students watch one of two videos and then answer questions about the videos. Videos include: earthquakes or waves and currents.

Play a Game - Students play a video game and learn about volcanoes or a game to learn bout the tectonic events that occur at plate boundaries. Students answer questions to reinforce the new learning.

Investigate Earthquakes - Students read about earthquakes. They participate in a design challenge to build earthquake-safe buildings. Students then answer questions to reinforce the concepts learned.

Diagram Extreme Waves and Tsunamis - Students read about tsunamis. They create a diagram and answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.

Read about Snow Storms and Severe Weather - Students read about winter storms. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.

Model Convection Currents and Thunderstorms - Students read about thunderstorms, hurricanes, and tornadoes. They will model convection currents, which are the source of storms. They answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.

Explore Flood Waters and Severe Weather - Students read about flooding rivers and explore flood mitigation techniques. They then answer questions about the exploration.

Sort Solutions for Natural Disasters - Students read about natural disasters and solutions for living in areas with natural disasters. They sort examples into two categories. Students then answer questions in order to reinforce what they have learned.

Google Classroom™️ Components Include:

► Google Forms™️ with Reading Passages, Differentiated Questions and Links to the Videos and Games (all stations)

► Google Slides™️ with Activity Directions & Worksheets to record results (Investigate, Diagram, Model, Explore, and Sort)

While we have included Google Slides, many of the stations are hands-on.

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Integration with Other 4th Grade Science Stations

This station set integrates with 4-ESS2.A (Weathering and Erosion) and 4-ESS2.B (Plate Tectonics). Both ESS2 station sets introduce the natural forces behind the natural hazards that affect communities and individuals. This station set (4-ESS3.B) is an extension of the stations in those two sets.

DCI Expectations

In Fourth Grade, students are expected to “generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.” (4-ESS3-2). This correlates with the DCI 4-ESS3.B, which states, “A variety of hazards result from natural processes (e.g., earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions). Humans cannot eliminate the hazards but can take steps to reduce their impacts.”

All stations in this set meet the DCI, helping students gain an understanding of how disaster situations happen in nature, as well as how communities and individuals can mitigate the effects of natural hazards. The Investigate station goes into more detail and helps students generate and compare multiple building designs, as outlined in the Performance Expectation. The Explore station likewise helps students generate and compare multiple flood mitigation designs.

This DCI is the same as 3-ESS3.B. We have a set of stations for this DCI in the Third Grade Stations. The stations in the third grade station set have a reduced reading level and lower performance expectations.

Differentiated Responses

Each station includes four different ways to respond to the experience at the station: short answer questions, fill-in the blank questions, task cards with short answers, task cards with multiple choice. All the variations are similar to one another. Choose the format that best fits your classroom and students. Students are encouraged to use their science journal, but worksheets are included as well.

The Investigate and Explore stations meet the Science and Engineering Practice of “Engaging in Argument from Evidence.” Students are able to “make a claim about the merit of a solution to a problem by citing relevant evidence about how it meets the criteria and constraints of the problem.” The Crosscutting Concepts of “Cause and Effect,” “Influence of Engineering, Technology, and Science on Society and the Natural World,” and “Science is a Human Endeavor” are addressed in each station of this station set.

Some stations include two or more activity choices and extension activities.

Each station is designed to last about 15-20 minutes. Students may do one a day for 8 days, 2 a day for four days, or any format that works for your classroom. Because there are additional activities for the Watch and Play stations, you can offer those as a choice within that station or offer them as an early finisher station, as well.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.


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