Volcanoes, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, OH MY!

29th July, 2010 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 2 Comments

Click on the image to learn more about tornadoes!

* What is a tornado?

* What causes a tornado?

* What damage do tornadoes do?

* How are tornados forecasted?

* Create your own tornado simulation!

Click on the image to learn more about volcanoes!

* What is a volcano?

* Where do volcanoes occur?

* How do they form?

* What types are there?

* How do they erupt?

* Make your own volcano!!!

Click on the image to learn more about hurricanes!

* What is a hurricane

* What causes hurricanes?

* Explore a 3-D hurricane

* Learn the characteristics for a hurricane

* Create a hurricane!!!

Click on the image to learn more about earthquakes!

 * What is an earthquake?

* Where do they occur?

* What causes earthquakes?

* What are the types of faults?

* How do you measure an earthquake?

* Locate an earthquake

* Trigger an earthquake!!!

No matter what force of nature you choose to interact with, there is no doubt that you will learn about catastophic events through these National Geographic interactive simulations, maps, and case studies. 

Storms:  Students start by sharing what they already know about natural catastrophic events and list questions they have about them. As they move through part one, they begin investigations dealing with heat and the natural processes that underlie storms. Students will investigate, graph, analyze, and manipulate variables to understand airflow. Students will then use what they have learned and apply it to a more global investigation as they apply their observations to weather maps and draw conclusions about the conditions under which clouds and storms form and move. The first part ends with students investigating ocean currents and their effect on global weather patterns.

Earthquakes:  Students focus on wave motion, earthquake data, and the factors that cause earthquakes. Students design and build model structures that can reduce the risks associated with earthquakes. Plate motion and the structure of earth are introduced in the context of plate tectonics, and students use engaging hands-on activities as well as computer simulations to examine the earth’s internal structure and investigate the interactions between plates and the movement along faults as a cause of earthquakes.

Volcanoes:  Students simulate the movement of magma and lava and its effects on land formation. They investigate viscosity and crystallization and examine igneous rocks and volcanic ash. The section concludes with students designing their own experiments to simulate the eruption of pyroclastic ash. The concepts in the module come full circle as students collect data on ash fall and draw conclusions about the effects of weather on ash fall and examine the constructive and destructive effects of ash fall on humans, the environment, and global weather.

For sample downloads, videos, and more information click on the Teacher's Guide!

Posted on: July 29, 2010

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2 Comments

Shandi P

March 8th, 2011 at 3:42 pm    


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June L

March 13th, 2011 at 12:09 am    


I’ve been checking your blog site for any even though now, appears to be like everyday I study some thing new :-) Thanks

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