Catastrophic Events Activities for Middle School Science

The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of catastrophic events. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Catastrophic Events 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Catastrophic Events Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.

The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.

After completing the Catastrophic Events 5E Lesson, students will be able to predict and describe how different types of catastrophic events impact ecosystems such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, meteors, blizzards, droughts, tornadoes, volcanoes and fires.

Distance-Learning Ready

The Catastrophic Events Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students.

In this lab, students will recreate a flood and investigate the impact it has on the ecosystem. Students will describe the current ecosystem and predict what will happen to their ecosystem when the river rises. They will also measure water clarity and the movement of nutrients and pollution.

The Catastrophic Events Inquiry Lab includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks, hands-on activities, reflection questions, and a CER conclusion.

Distance-Learning Ready

Catastrophic Events Classroom Experiences

Create a powerful student experience to help solidify students' understanding about catastrophic events. The following experience is also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Project, Seismic Catastrophe - Design an Earthquake Proof Home STEM Challenge uses the engineering design process to build an earthquake-proof building at least five stories tall.

Students will be using collaborative skills such as brainstorming with their peers and reflecting on their progress during the project.

At the end of the Project, Hurricane Defender - Build a Hurricane Proof House, STEM challenge, students are given an opportunity to share their projects outside of the classroom.

Year-Round Resources

These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics. All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.

These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.

Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.

Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.

Essential Questions and Standards

Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the catastrophic events unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Essential Questions
  • Can you predict and describe how different types of catastrophic events impact ecosystems?
  • MS ESS3-2 - Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects
  • TEKS Science 7.8 A - Predict and describe how catastrophic events such as floods, hurricanes, or tornadoes impact ecosystems

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