Ecological Disasters

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Disasters are inherently frightening, riveting, and involving. Grabbed straight from the headlines, these disasters leave tragedy, destruction, and years of anguish: London Fog, The Love Canal, The Hanford Nuclear Power Plant, The Exxon Valdez, Chernobyl, Bhopal, Fukishima Daiichi and more.
Curriculet Details
21 Questions
23 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 5th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining textual connections, inference and grammar. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about media connections and author's purpose. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of summarizing, noting details, and identifying text structures. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1: Introduction

Watch the video of the Cuyahoga River fire.  (This annotation contains a video)
What is the purpose of celebrating Earth Day? 

Homework #6

Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up?  
Which of the following is a use for wood? 

Chapter 2: London, 1952

Write a sentence using the word asthma.  
Smog (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #8

Although the Great Smog caused many people to get sick and even die, what good changes came out of the tragedy? 
What effect has clean air laws had on smog levels? 

Chapter 3: Love Canal, 1970s

Love Canal  (This annotation contains an image)
What do you infer will happen when toxic wastes are emptied into the canal? 

Homework #10

Do you think this is a good idea? Why or why not? 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of mysterious. Write a sentence using the word correctly in context. 
Make Predictions: What do you suppose dioxin is? 
What is the effect of dioxin getting all over the town of Times Beach? 

Homework #12

Why is Hanford considered an environmental disaster? 
Who built the first nuclear weapon? 
Aerial view of an atomic bomb explosion  (This annotation contains a video)
How could contaminated soil affect people? 
Why could it take up to 40 years to clean up the mess in Hanford? 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 5: Valdez, 1989

How are these two events related to one another? 
Exxon Valdez tanker  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #14

Prince William Sound  (This annotation contains an image)
What effect does the Exxon Valdez oil spill have on wildlife? 

Chapter 6: Chernobyl, 1986

When you hear the word radioactive, which of the following words do you think of? 
Why do you suppose the fire in Chernobyl burned for two weeks? 

Homework #16

Why are nuclear power plants important to many countries? 
Chernobyl Fire  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 7: Bhopal, 1984

What do these two events have in common? 
Read the information below about the gas leak in Bhopal, India.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #18

Why might an angry worker cause this type of accident? Do you think the company is trying to lay the blame on someone else instead of taking responsibility for it themselves? 
Although Union Carbide paid out a lot of money, why did each victim get so little? 
Quiz 2 

Chapter 8: Fukushima Daiichi, 2011

Based on the definition of migratory, which definition means the same as migratory? 
A tsunami usually occurs after an earthquake. Watch the video to learn how a tsunami forms and progresses to land. (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #20

What event caused this disaster? What is the sequence of events that finally led to the nuclear power plant explosion? 
What effect does the nuclear power plant explosion have on Japan? 

Chapter 9: Global Warming

Study the image of Bangladesh. Can you identify the three large rivers that flow into the bay? (This annotation contains an image)
Use this image to answer the question below. (This annotation contains an image)
What effect will too much of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide have on the Earth? Use information in the image above to support your answer. 

Homework #22

How does global warming affect farmers? 
Global warming causes ____________ weather changes. 

Chapter 10: The Aral Sea

Aral Sea Timeline: What do you notice is happening to the Aral Sea? (This annotation contains an image)
According to the map in the annotation above, what is happening to the Aral Sea? What is the most likely cause? 

Homework #24

Rusted fishing boat (2012)  (This annotation contains an image)
What is the effect of building irrigation canals to water cotton crops? 
Quiz 3