Understanding Novels / Chapter Books with SGM — Part 3

Session #3: Description of a Tsunami

What is a Tsunami? A Tsunami is a huge wave that is caused by an earthquake or volcano eruption beneath the ocean/sea. There is a sequence of steps making up a Tsunami.

  1. First, the sea bottom (Tectonic Plates) erupts.
  2. Next, the tectonic plates split or overlap, and pushing upward, cause the water above the split or overlap to rise in volume.
  3. Then, the water comes together to rise above the surface. At first the wave is not noticeable.
  4. Finally, the wave grows in height as it approaches the shallower waters of the shore.
Tsunami Diagram

Below is a sequencing activity you can use with your students. Shown is the Sequence Map from MindWing’s The ThemeMaker Teacher’s Manual.

ThemeMaker Sequence Map


Maryellen Rooney Moreau
Maryellen Rooney Moreau

Author

Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, is founder of MindWing Concepts. She earned her University of Massachusetts at Amherst Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders at University of Massachusetts at Amherst with Departmental Honors and her Master’s of Education degree in Communication Disorders at Pennsylvania State University. Her forty-year professional career includes: school-based SLP, college professor, diagnostician, and Coordinator of Intervention Curriculum and Professional Development for children with language learning disabilities. She designed the Story Grammar Marker® and has been awarded two United States Patents. She has written more than 15 publications and developed more than 40 hands-on tools based on the SGM® methodology. Maryellen was awarded the 2014 Alice H. Garside Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Dyslexia Association, Massachusetts Branch.



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