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Natural Hazards Analyzing and Interpreting Data – Middle School Science Unit NGSS MS-ESS3-2

Do you need a little help covering Natural Hazards for NGSS MS-ESS3-2 or Utah SEEd 8.4.5 in your 6th, 7th, or 8th grade science class?

This large unit will save you lots of time and energy and keep your students engaged!

natural hazards vocabulary

Your students will analyze and interpret data on natural hazards and analyze data from maps to look for patterns.

Natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, storms, floods, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, and pandemics will be discussed.

This is a LARGE resource with over 70 slides & pages!

The unit begins with a PowerPoint slideshow and a complimenting strategic notetaking guide.

Natural hazards

This unit includes a suggested schedule, five pages of informational text articles, response pages, interactive notebook flaps, four map task cards, analyzing data pages, a hands-on lab with lab page, lesson plans, a quiz, and answer keys for everything!

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In this unit, we will take an in-depth look at earthquakes. Students will understand how and why earthquakes happen, how scientists study them, and efforts to mitigate against earthquake damage. 

This unit also has a lesson on the Global Pandemic Covid 19. Students will look at data from around the world and analyze it. If you feel this topic is too sensitive for your students to study, you can skip these two pages.

Information about the Ring of Fire and plate tectonics in relation to volcanic activity and earthquakes will also be studied.

Climate change as a factor in natural hazards such as drought, superstorms, wildfires, and floods is discussed.

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Lynda’s resources are always so complete. I loved this. It was clear and easy to use. My students had a great conversation and learned a lot.

Alisha M

My students loved learning about natural disasters and if we can predict them. The passages and slide show were interesting and I enjoyed the assessments.

Kayla S.

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