Graphing Natural Disasters

Overview

Which volcanic eruption caused the "year without a summer"? What is a seismograph? How are tornadoes measured? Real World Data presents information about familiar curricular topics through charts and graphs. Each title shows how to organize data in different visual forms, and how to interpret and create tables, line graphs, bar graphs, and pie charts.
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Overview

Which volcanic eruption caused the "year without a summer"? What is a seismograph? How are tornadoes measured? Real World Data presents information about familiar curricular topics through charts and graphs. Each title shows how to organize data in different visual forms, and how to interpret and create tables, line graphs, bar graphs, and pie charts.
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—These books break current issues into subtopics, discussing each on one or two spreads that also include a graphic representation of related data online and regular bar graphs, stacked bar graphs, pie charts, time lines, and pictographs. The books are colorful, easy to read, and well designed. Sports is the strongest of the three as the writing is spot-on for the audience. Most importantly, the statistics used are well chosen and instantly understandable, and the text clearly explains how each type of graph can be used to best display different types of data. The weakest title, Immigration, has some confusing graphs and outdated statistics, and makes some sweeping generalizations ("Most immigrants work hard, and they are usually resourceful people"). Crime and Natural Disasters do a good job of displaying data, but some of the subjects covered, such as how money is laundered and the volcanic explosivity index, may be tough for students to grasp. Teachers looking for resources on displaying data using graphs may find these titles useful, but students are unlikely to choose them for themselves.—Marcia Kochel, Olson Middle School, Bloomington, MN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432926311
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: Real World Data Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 716,686
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: IG870L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.88 (w) x 10.63 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Barbara A. Somervill has been writing for more than 30 years. She has written newspaper and magazine articles, video scripts, and books for children. She enjoys writing about history, science, and investigating people's lives for biographies. Ms. Somervill lives with her husband in South Carolina.
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Table of Contents

What Are Natural Disasters? 4

Volcanoes 6

Earthquakes 8

Tsunamis 10

Hurricanes and Cyclones 12

Tornadoes 14

Floods 16

Avalanches 18

Landslides 20

Drought 22

Wildfire 24

Predicting Natural Disasters 26

Chart Smarts 28

Glossary 30

Further Information 31

Index 32

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