Make Your Own Shake Table

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.
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Wind Can Do Work

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From Climate Change

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Edible Climate Zone Map

Edible Climate Zone Map

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The world has many different types of climates. The United States has several different climate zones as well. With this edible map, you can tell your family about summer climates—after you chew!

Archimedes Screw

Archimedes Screw

From The Water Cycle!

Greek scientist Archimedes (288–212 BCE) invented a device to move water from a river to a farmer’s field. This device—called the Archimedes’ screw—is a tube with a large spiral inside. When you place the tube in water and turn it, the spiral pushes the water up. Try it!



National Science Teachers Association Recommends
“What sets this book apart is that it contains projects which take this volume to a whole new level.”

”This utilitarian looking but enticingly titled entry in the Build It Yourself series pairs background information about hurricanes, volcanoes, wildfires, floods, and less common events, such as limnetic eruptions and meteor strikes, to 25 low-tech re-creations or demonstrations. The background covers basics in simple language but enough detail to introduce special terms like convection and standard intensity scales, from the Richter and MMS (for earthquakes) to the Enhanced Fujita (tornadoes) and Saffir-Simpson (hurricanes).  . .This 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.”

Children's Literature Review
“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?  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.”

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.”

Detailed Book Description

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.

Available In:
Soft Cover, $15.95
Hard Cover, $21.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8x10 size | black and white interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science



What Are Natural Disasters?

Chapter One
Earthquakes and Tsunamis

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six
Drought and Heat Waves

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight
Blizzards and Avalanches

Chapter Nine
Unusual Events

Chapter Ten
The Impact of Natural Disasters