Grade: Grades 2-5
Subject: Avalanches
What is an avalanche?
How do avalanches occur?
What are the different types?
What are some safety precautions people should use in avalanche situations?
What are the dangers regarding avalanches?
The topic covered will be avalanches; this will include the topic questions listed above and there will also be a demonstration to show what an avalance may look like in real life.

Vocabulary words include: Full-depth avalanche, Surface avalanche, Starting zone, Track, and Runout zone. There could be other vocabulary when safety is discussed, and those words will be defined as we go along.

Expected Outcome Of This Lesson Plan-
1. Teach and have the class understand what an avalanche is.
2. The class understands how an avalanche can cause destruction to life and and ecosystem.
3. Understand what the safety measures are if one is caught in an avalanche or avalanche conditions.
Teacher Objectives-
1. S.IP.00.12 Generate questions based on observations.
2. S.IP.00.13 Plan and conduct simple investigations.
3. S.IA.00.14 Develop strategies for information gathering (ask an expert, use
a book, make observations, conduct simple investigations, and
watch a video).
4. E.ES.01.23 Describe severe weather characteristics.
5. E.ES.01.24 Describe precautions that should be taken for human safety
during severe weather conditions (thunder and lightning,
tornadoes, strong winds, heavy precipitation).
Felt, Felt Board, White Board and markers, Model Avalanche, Word Search (just for fun), and Jeopardy questions.
Teaching Methods-

1. Lesson Introduction-

1. Pre-Assess
2. What do you think an avalanche is?
3. How do you think it could effect people?

2. Lesson Progression-

1. Explain what an avalanche is and how it occurs.
2. Explain the parts or anatomy of an avalanche.
3. Explain safety precautions that should be taken.

3. Guided Practice-

1. Use model avalanche to show how an avalanche could occur.

4. Student Practice-

1. Word search will be handed out for fun.

5. Learner Accommodations-

1. Visual learners will benefit from the model. and the felt.
2. Auditory learners will benefit from the verbal instruction.
3. Linguistic and Logical learners will benedfit from the word search and the Jeopardy game.

6. Assessment-

1. Ask questions for review throughout lesson.

7. Lesson Closure-

1. Post-assessment Jeopardy game.
Measuring Student Progress-

1. Material will be covered in end of unit examination.


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