Forces of Nature is a feature of National Geographic’s website. There are four sections to the Forces of Nature. The sections focus on tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and earthquakes. There are six parts to each section. In the last part of each section students can create their own natural disaster using the knowledge they’ve gained from the previous five parts about how a natural disaster is formed. The Forces of Nature also offers photo galleries and interactive maps about tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanoes, and earthquakes.
Applications for Education
Forces of Nature’s “cause your own disaster” activities could be useful for informal assessment in an Earth Science class. The interactive maps include timelines that could be used to make a connection between natural disasters and history.
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