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

Earthquakes, tidal waves, erupting volcanoes . . . 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 and an experience you think about for a long time. But scientists today 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.

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $ 15.95
  • Hardcover, $ 21.95
  • eBook, $ 12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

GRL Q

Subjects

  • Science
  • Earth/Space Science
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Environmental Science
  • Math
  • STEM - STEAM

More Details

Earthquakes, tidal waves, erupting volcanoes . . . 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 and an experience you think about for a long time. But scientists today 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.


  • Reviews
  • Look Inside
  • Projects
  • Author-Illustrator

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA.org)
“ . . . what sets this book apart is that it contains projects which take this volume to a whole new level.”

Booklist
“. . . Makes a serviceable mix of elementary facts about the courses and causes of various widespread natural calamities with relevant but minimally hazardous hands-on enrichment activities.”

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.”



Make Your Own Shake Table

Architects and engineers who design buildings in areas prone to earthquakes try to create structures that will be stable if an earthquake hits. a shake table is used to shake a model and see what happens. It makes the same motion as an earthquake. You can see what it’s like when you build your own shake table and then try to create structures that can withstand the force of moving earth beneath them.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Kathleen M. Reilly

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

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.



More Details

Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
GRL: Q
Subjects: Science, Earth/Space Science, Engineering & Technology, Environmental Science, Math, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Charts, Maps, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA.org)
“ . . . what sets this book apart is that it contains projects which take this volume to a whole new level.”

Booklist
“. . . Makes a serviceable mix of elementary facts about the courses and causes of various widespread natural calamities with relevant but minimally hazardous hands-on enrichment activities.”

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.”


Projects

Make Your Own Shake Table

Architects and engineers who design buildings in areas prone to earthquakes try to create structures that will be stable if an earthquake hits. a shake table is used to shake a model and see what happens. It makes the same motion as an earthquake. You can see what it’s like when you build your own shake table and then try to create structures that can withstand the force of moving earth beneath them.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Kathleen M. Reilly

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

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.