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The Forces of Nature workbooks combine high-interest readings with skills development activities. Each of the five workbooks features a different skills focus—reading, vocabulary, grammar, study skills, and multi-skill review with writing activities.
Each content-based workbook also focuses on a different force of nature—earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and floods, blizzards, and wildfires. These events were selected because they allow students to develop an understanding of natural events that threaten property, ways of life, and lives. Everyone who lives in the United States—no matter where they live—will have to deal with the warnings or consequences of at least one of these types of storms at some point. The descriptions of these events and the survival tales included in the reading passages provide an opportunity to introduce academic vocabulary and content.
In each Forces of Nature workbook, the reading text recounts through vivid and sometimes personal storytelling some of the more memorable—and terrible—natural disasters in the United States. Because information about preparing for a disaster is sometimes unavailable or not at a level that is understandable to some of today's students, tips for surviving each force of nature is presented at the end of each workbook.