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Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth's Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects

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When natural disasters happen they grab headlines around the world. People, creatures, and the environment are all impacted when nature gets out of control. Natural disasters can be upsetting to live through, but scientists today better understand their causes and how we can protect ourselves and others. Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth?s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects teaches readers about some of the natural disasters throughout history, what caused them, their impact on civilizations, and how ...
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Overview


When natural disasters happen they grab headlines around the world. People, creatures, and the environment are all impacted when nature gets out of control. Natural disasters can be upsetting to live through, but scientists today better understand their causes and how we can protect ourselves and others. Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects teaches readers about some of the natural disasters throughout history, what caused them, their impact on civilizations, and how people today cope with natural disasters.

Readers of this book will make their own shake tables, create a cake batter lava flow, invent a wind tunnel, and experiment with avalanches. These hands-on activities engage readers and add depth to the text while ensuring that the learning is made lasting and fun. Natural Disasters meets common core state standards in language arts for reading informational text and literary nonfiction and is aligned with Next Generation Science Standards. Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.

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Editorial Reviews

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National Science Teachers Association
". . . what sets this book apart is that it contains projects which take this volume to a whole new level."

School Library Journal
"Spiraling winds, surging waters, eruptions, blazing forests, and chilling snows are discussed with clarity and detail and include the most recent information, e.g., the MMS Scale and the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Hence, readers may accurately grasp the impact of nature’s destructive forces. In addition to a lucid explanation of each type of phenomenon, safety tips, historical incidences, pen-and-ink line drawings, and correlative projects using simple materials are included to provide firsthand evidence of scientific processes involved in natural forces. Useful for science units"

Ray Coish Ph.D., Robert R. Churchill Professor of Geosciences, Middlebury College
"Natural Disasters covers important topics in imaginative ways. The chapters on earthquakes and volcanoes present the basics of how the earth works, and the well-designed activities at the end of each chapter—using easily attainable supplies—illustrate the important processes."

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
Natural Disasters meets the criteria for the Common Core State Standard in reading for informational text. This wonderful title provides information on scientific and historical facts, covering a broad range of cultures and time periods. The activities are creative and thought provoking, and connect new ideas and concepts to real world situations.”

From the Publisher
National Science Teachers Association
". . . what sets this book apart is that it contains projects which take this volume to a whole new level."

School Library Journal
"Spiraling winds, surging waters, eruptions, blazing forests, and chilling snows are discussed with clarity and detail and include the most recent information, e.g., the MMS Scale and the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Hence, readers may accurately grasp the impact of nature’s destructive forces. In addition to a lucid explanation of each type of phenomenon, safety tips, historical incidences, pen-and-ink line drawings, and correlative projects using simple materials are included to provide firsthand evidence of scientific processes involved in natural forces. Useful for science units"

Ray Coish Ph.D., Robert R. Churchill Professor of Geosciences, Middlebury College
"Natural Disasters covers important topics in imaginative ways. The chapters on earthquakes and volcanoes present the basics of how the earth works, and the well-designed activities at the end of each chapter—using easily attainable supplies—illustrate the important processes."

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
Natural Disasters meets the criteria for the Common Core State Standard in reading for informational text. This wonderful title provides information on scientific and historical facts, covering a broad range of cultures and time periods. The activities are creative and thought provoking, and connect new ideas and concepts to real world situations.”

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Earthquakes, volcanoes, tornadoes, hurricanes...oh my! Part of the "Build It Yourself series," Reilly has a popular topic. Our Earth moves in violent ways and many of us like to line up at the sidelines to watch. We do not really want to be in a natural disaster, but we cannot stop looking. What causes an earthquake? How is it connected with a tsunami? And Reilly explains: "If the epicenter of earthquake happens to be under the ocean, there are no buildings or people to get hurt. But there is a whole different problem. If the earth deep underwater gets pushed up along a fault, all the water that's on top of that land gets pushed up too. It begins to move away from the epicenter. As it travels, the water loses speed closer to land, but it gets taller. This enormous wave is known as a tsunami." Filled with projects that simulate the disasters, kids will enjoy reading the brief text and exploring. One project has kids making a shake table to see what earthquakes do to buildings. Another shows convection currents in a dish tub. And another creates a flood plain in a cookie sheet and examines what happens when the river overflows. The illustrations are clear and attractive. Backmatter includes a glossary, index, and list of further resources. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—Spiraling winds, surging waters, eruptions, blazing forests, and chilling snows are discussed with clarity and detail and include the most recent information, e.g., the MMS Scale and the Enhanced Fujita Scale. Hence, readers may accurately grasp the impact of nature's destructive forces. In addition to a lucid explanation of each type of phenomenon, safety tips, historical incidences, pen-and-ink line drawings, and correlative projects using simple materials are included to provide firsthand evidence of scientific processes involved in natural forces. Useful for science units.—Kathryn Diman, Bass Harbor Memorial Library, Bernard, ME
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619301467
  • Publisher: Nomad Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Series: Build It Yourself Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 458,029
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Kathleen Reilly has written several books for Nomad Press, including Planet Earth: 25 Environmental Projects You Can Build Yourself; The Human Body: 25 Fantastic Projects Illuminate How the Body Works; Explore Weather and Climate! with 25 Projects; and Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. She is an award-winning author of several other science books for kids and is a contributor to dozens of publications, including Better Homes & Gardens, Family Circle, Family Fun, National Geographic Kids, and Parents. Kate lives in Raleigh, NC.

Tom Casteel is an illustrator and cartoonist with a master's degree from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Tom has illustrated several books for Nomad Press, including Natural Disasters: Investigate Earth’s Most Destructive Forces with 25 Projects. He is working on his first graphic novel. Tom lives in South Bend, IN.

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Table of Contents

Timeline vi

Introduction: What Are Natural Disasters? 1

Chapter 1 Earthquakes and Tsunamis 5

Chapter 2 Volcanoes 21

Chapter 3 Tornadoes 33

Chapter 4 Hurricanes 42

Chapter 5 Floods 54

Chapter 6 Drought and Heat Waves 68

Chapter 7 Wildfires 78

Chapter 8 Blizzards and Avalanches 91

Chapter 9 Unusual Events 102

Chapter 10 The Impact of Natural Disasters 111

Glossary

Resources

Index

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