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Subject: Science (3), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Master of Disaster (Elementary Grades)
Description: Students will research natural disasters and their impact on people.  They will work in teams to design a disaster preparedness guide to share with the community to reduce the impact of a natural disaster utilizing various creativity apps on the iPad.


Subject: Science (1 - 3)
Title: Boom Boom Thunder!!
Description: The focus of this lesson is for students to determine why thunder makes the “Boom” sound.  Through hands-on activities students will become familiar with the sound thunder makes.


Subject: Mathematics (2), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: How Clouds Form
Description: Cloud formation results when warm, humid air rises and cools, causing the water vapor in the air to condense and form clouds. In this lesson, students will conduct an activity that demonstrates how this occurs.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Are You Prepared?
Description: Natural disasters come in many different forms. In order to be better prepared, students have to know the different types of disasters. In this lesson students will research natural disasters in order to create a brochure highlighting an event and featuring ways to protect themselves.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3 - 5), or Mathematics (7), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Investigating the Weather
Description: During this lesson, students will study, record, and predict weather. Students will work in groups to create a weather word wall, research and make a barometer, and create a video about weather. Students will also use the Internet to learn more about weather.


Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: What's The Weather Like?
Description: Students will use the Internet to compare the weather forecast for their city with other cities throughout the United States each week during this unit. Data will be charted for a five-day period then analyzed and discussed.


Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Weather Word Search
Description: This lesson will give students the opportunity to search the Internet for weather-related words. The students will define weather words prior to creating their own weather word search.


Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Charting the Weather
Description: During this lesson, students will gather data from temperature and water gauges set up on the playground to learn about weather patterns. Then students will build a spreadsheet with data related to temperature, wind direction and amount of rainfall. Once students have gathered and recorded the data they will write about how the weather has affected them and the playground.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Presenting the Water Cycle
Description: This unit will introduce students to the water cycle and the importance of water to all life. Students will be involved in several activities concerning the water cycle, and the unit will culminate with students creating and presenting multimedia presentations.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Weather Instruments For Sale
Description: During this lesson, students will use knowledge they have learned about weather instruments to create a catalog advertisement. Students will use descriptive writing to advertise the use of the weather instrument. They will also use persuasive writing to get customers to purchase their weather instrument.


Subject: Science (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Exploring Weather Disasters
Description: During this lesson, students will discover the differences in four types of weather disasters. They will collect information from selected Internet websites and create a multimedia presentation to demonstrate what they have learned.


Subject: Mathematics (3 - 5), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: The Water Cycle
Description: During this lesson, students will learn that water is constantly being recycled through the atmosphere and how this affects us. Students will explore the water cycle on the Internet. Students create different types of weather situations to see how the water cycle works. Mathematics skills will be used to determine results from the observations.


Subject: English Language Arts (3), or English Language Arts (3), or Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Ready, Set,...Research!
Description: Students will have the opportunity to do research on a weather topic in which they are interested. This lesson will teach the students how to use dictionaries, encyclopedias, resource books and the Internet to find facts about the weather. The students will have a time limit in order to help them learn to use their time wisely.


Subject: Science (3 - 4), or Social Studies (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Antarctic Adventures!
Description: This month-long ongoing lesson will give the students opportunities to learn more about Antarctica. They will investigate and research specific information and use it to create a notebook and an information table.


Subject: Science (3)
Title: Water Cycle Model
Description: This hands-on model of the water cycle is a great culminating activity for a study of the movement of water through the environment. Completed in small groups or as a class project, it involves connecting three bottles to demonstrate the process of evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.


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Subject: Science
Title: Model Volcanoes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore volcanoes through the making of models and reflect upon their learning through drawing sketches of their models. Once they have finished making their models, they experiment with making their volcanoes erupt. Students observe how eruption changes the original form of their volcano models. In this way, students see first hand how this type of phenomena creates physical change.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Astronomy - Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: A Reason for the Season      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students explore the changing of the seasons. They learn why the season change and then test their knowledge using a cosmic map.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Creative Climates      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students pretend they are head of a new National Geographic Climate Observation Post, where they must create a climate map to illustrate the world's various climate zones. Students explore the world's diverse climate zones and find out how climate affects human life.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Power of Fire      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students map natural hazards around the world. They figure out where people face danger from earthquakes and volcanoes and create a map showing where these natural hazards may occur.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Twister! What to Do in a Tornado      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students learn that tornadoes can happen anywhere and at any time. Students read about the basics of tornado safety. They also learn about the signs that a tornado might be coming and what they should do if they ever experience a tornado firsthand. They then create safety brochures to share with their friends and families.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Geology - Science - Meteorology - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Active Earth      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, students investigate natural disasters and create a poster showing '' '' The Active Earth.'' '' They look at examples of weather maps and create their own weather map based on the current weather conditions.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science
Title: Hurricanes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how the years 1995 to 2000 saw more hurricane activity in the North Atlantic than any five-year period on record. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Earthquakes and Volcanoes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students compare maps of plate tectonics with population density maps and analyze what these maps imply about the relationship between population and seismic hazards. They also research specific volcanoes or earthquake zones and write pretend letters to residents of these areas describing the risks.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Stormy Stories      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students use their geography savvy to sort out the stories of four kids caught in natural disasters. In the process, they learn about the effects of droughts, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, volcanoes, and hurricanes.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: Predicting Earthquakes      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the development of a tool designed to predict California's next big earthquake. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Meteorology - Science - Physical Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Weather Complaints      Add Bookmark
Description: This Xpeditions lesson asks students to consider the weather and climate in their home region and to think about the ways in which people complain about the weather. Students refer to a climate map to predict what the climate might be like in specified United States cities. They then find out the average temperatures and precipitation for those cities by using a weather Web site. As a final project, students write statements that people in these cities might make to describe their weather and climate.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: The Eye of the Hurricane      Add Bookmark
Description: This lesson, from Xpeditions, introduces students to the structure of a hurricane, particularly the eye. It could be used as an introduction to a unit on hurricanes or weather phenomena. Students view a video about hurricanes, do a simple hurricane simulation, take a tour into the eye of a hurricane, and write reports about their tour.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



Subject: Health - Safety - Science - Earth science - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Understanding Disasters      Add Bookmark
Description: In this student activity from Xpeditions, students create an action plan so they and their families can be prepared if faced with a disaster. Students and their parents use Web sites from the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to create their plan.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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