Building Background Knowledge and Making Inferences: What Is a Natural Disaster?

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That's a disaster! Scholars complete a gallery walk to view images and make inferences about natural disasters. They fill out a note catcher about what they observe and infer any questions they may have. They then participate in a World Café activity to share their ideas with each other. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Teach along with science standards about the causes of natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornados
Classroom Considerations
  • First lesson of eight in Grade 5 ELA Module 4, Unit 1
  • Must complete lessons in order
  • Includes a list of key terms readers need to know
  • Offers time for individual and group work
  • None