Natural Disasters Reading Comprehension Science Unit

February 17, 2019

Carrie Fernandez


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I mentioned to you in our post with the science unit Learning About Weather that my elementary aged daughter loves learning about weather and storms. It has spurred a bunch of free homeschool printables that are weather themed, since I can also use them in our homeschool. This free Natural Disasters Reading Comprehension Science Unit goes perfectly with the one on weather.

natural disasters reading comprehension science unit

Because we have had such great feedback and I am having success using them in our homeschool (we are using the human body systems printable pack right now), we created this one on natural disasters, which complements our printable reading comprehension pack on weather.

There are ten reading comprehension lessons in this unit, all based on natural disasters. You will learn about:

  • Volcanoes
  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunamis
  • Landslides & Avalanches
  • Cyclones
  • Typhoons
  • Hurricanes
  • Blizzards
  • Floods
  • Droughts

Each lesson will have short, informative text followed by comprehension questions based on what was read. It is suggested that a parent/teacher read the selection and ask the questions orally, answers can be given orally or written on notebook paper.

You can also use this unit as a guide for a notebooking journal. The student can read the lesson text (or a parent/teacher can read it aloud) and use a notebooking page for written narration using the questions as writing prompts. This often works better for students who struggle with reading comprehension questions.

Suggested vocabulary words are bolded. You can have your student look up the definitions to add to their science notebook. The Natural Disasters Reading Comprehension Science Unit is intended to be a supplement to your study of natural disasters and geared for grades 4-8. You will find answer keys in the index for each lesson. 

You might also enjoy using our Weather Student Notebook – A Meteorological Notebooking Adventure 

Students will use a combination of written narration, copywork, drawing and labeling alongside the book to learn all about weather, natural disasters, and meteorology.

Weather Student Notebook workbook cover with image examples of pages from workbook

FREE Natural Disaster & Weather Packs, Weather Unit Studies, and More:

This reading comprehension unit has been reformatted and expanded and is no longer free.

It is now included as part of the Nonfiction Reading Comprehension, Written Narration & Research resource found in our store. This full year reading comprehension unit is so much more than just reading comprehension. Click here to learn more.

Nonfiction Reading Comprehension workbook cover with background images of page examples

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