Air Pressure Experiments

Air Pressure Experiments

Where meteorological natural disasters are concerned, air pressure is often of critical importance. Yet the fact that air has actual weight and that it pushes against objects is difficult to imagine. These simple experiments can show you air pressure in action!
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Wind Can Do Work

Wind Can Do Work

From Renewable Energy

Use your engineering skills to design a windmill, then test how powerful the wind can be!

Investigate Weather

Investigate Weather

From Climate Change

How is weather different from climate? Weather can be described as day-to-day conditions. From a bright, sunny day to a snowy day, weather can change quickly. Climate, on the other hand, is made up of long-term weather patterns across many years. Let’s explore some of the characteristics of weather.

Edible Climate Zone Map

Edible Climate Zone Map

From Weather and Climate!

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!



School Library Connection
“What is a natural disaster, how can I prepare for one, and what should do when one strikes are all questions the author addresses in this informative book. . . .The author provides many examples of each natural disaster, illustrating how these disasters are connected to the earth that we live on and how they can sometimes be a result of one another. Support material in the book includes QR codes, timelines, diagrams, highlighted fact boxes, focus vocabulary, and scientific experiments. This book would pique the interest of casual readers as well as hold the interest of the more focused researcher. The projects and learning activities included provide a springboard to integrate this title into science and technology curricula by providing tools for student researchers to be both informed and empowered readers.  Recommended

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The Renaissance Artists With History Projects for Kids
Booklist STARRED Review
“This is a wonderfully enticing introduction to the Renaissance via the lives of five artists: Michelangelo, da Vinci, Titian, Botticelli, and Raphael. An accessible introduction offers a concise overview of just what exactly the Renaissance was, establishing social and historical context, and then five chapters explore the contributions and lasting impact of each painter. This appealing package will attract browsers and be a boon to student researchers and their teachers.”

World War II: From the Rise of the Nazi Party to the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb

The Children’s War Blog
“. . . If you are a teacher or just interested in WWII history, I can't recommend these books highly enough.”

Detailed Book Description

Have you heard news reports about wildfires in California? Have you ever had a flood in your town? Have you ever been in a tornado?

The Science of Natural Disasters: When Nature and Humans Collide examines the science behind earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and wildfires, using historical and current events as case studies, such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the floods in China in 1931, and the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815, which led to what is now called the “year without a summer.”

Natural Disasters may be changing, but they aren’t going away, and Earth science is extremely relevant for our future. In The Science of Natural Disasters, science-minded STEM activities encourage young readers to think like scientists while critical thinking exercises, essential questions, fascinating facts, links to online resources, and more encourage readers to explore the ever-evolving dynamics of this incredible planet.

The Science of Natural Disasters is part of a set of three Inquire & Investigate Earth Science books that explore the earth, the atmosphere, and everything in between. The other titles in this series are The Science of Weather and Climate: Rain, Sleet, and the Rising Tide and Rocks and Minerals: Get the Dirt on Geology.

Try these hands-on science projects!

  • Engineer hurricane resistant cities
  • Explore twisters in popular culture
  • Assess the flood risk of the town where you live
  • Report on a natural disaster that is taking place right now
Available In:
Paperback, $17.95
Hardcover, $22.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8x10 size | 4-color | 128 pages
Subject: Science



Introduction: What Is a Natural Disaster? 

Research a local natural disaster
Report on a natural disaster that is taking place right now. 

Chapter One: Earthquakes 

Locate and explore major earthquake hotspots around the world
Explore current research on plate tectonics 

Chapter Two: Volcanoes 

Research project of a currently active volcano
Navigate The Ring of Fire research project 

Chapter Three: Hurricanes 

Engineer hurricane resistant cities 
Debate: Is global warming affecting the number and type and destructiveness of hurricanes? 

Chapter Four: Tornadoes 

The unsolved scientific mystery of what triggers the formation of a funnel cloud
Twisters in popular culture 

Chapter Five: Floods 

Research the history of the Army Corps of Engineers
Assess the flood risk of the town where you live 

Chapter Six: Wildfires 

Research a wildfire of historical significance
Assess the risk of wildfire in a given location—home, school, town, etc.