Forces of Nature

Forces of Nature

Film Description

A National Geographic film 10 years in the making, Forces of Nature showcases the awesome spectacles of earthquakes, volcanoes, and tornadoes as it follows scientists on groundbreaking quests to understand what triggers these natural disasters.


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Grade Level: 312
LINK: Interactive Theater: Weatherwise, Grades 3-5
LINK: Art Exhibition: Forces of Nature, October 22, 2011-January 15, 2012

State Standards, Benchmarks, and GLE's

Grades 3-4

ESS-E-A1: understanding that earth materials are rocks, minerals, and soils (1)
ESS-E-A3: investigating, observing, and describing how water changes from one form to another and interacts with the atmosphere (2, 4)
SE-E-A3: identifying ways in which humans have altered their environment, both in positive and negative ways, either for themselves or for other living things (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
G-1D-E3: Describing the locations, causes and effects of natural disasters on the environment and society (1, 2, 3, 4)

 Grades 5-8

ESS-M-A1: understanding that the earth is layered by density with an inner and outer core, a mantle, and a thin outer crust (1)
ESS-M-A2: understanding that the earth's crust and solid upper mantle are dividing plates that move in response to convection currents (energy transfers) in the mantle (1)
ESS-M-A3: investigating the characteristics of earthquakes and volcanoes and identifying zones where they may occur (2, 3, 4)
ESS-M-A11: understanding that the atmosphere interacts with the hydrosphere to affect weather and climate conditions (1, 4)
ESS-M-B3: understanding that earth processes such as erosion and weathering affect the earth today and are similar to those which occurred in the past (1, 2, 3, 4)
SE-M-A4: understanding that human actions can create risks and consequences in the environment (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
SE-M-A8: investigating and analyzing how technology affects the physical, chemical, and biological factors in an ecosystem (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

Grades 9-12

ESS-H-D7: describe the impact of technology on the study of the earth, the solar system, and the universe (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
SE-H-A2: investigating the flow of energy in ecological systems (1, 2, 3, 4)
SE-H-A5: describing the dynamic interactions between divisions of the biosphere (1, 3, 4)
SE-H-C1: evaluating the dynamic interaction of land, water, and air and its relationship to living things in maintaining a healthy environment (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

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