Process

        You will be assigned into groups of four researchers.  Each group will be assigned a natural disaster to research.  Each one of you will be completing both individual tasks as well as group projects.

You are expected to complete the following as you are getting started:

1.     Gather together as a group and read through the instructions making sure everyone in the group knows what is expected of each group member. 

        Group roles:

Media Specialist: 

Your job is to make sure that the natural disaster handout has accurate information and images that support the facts.  You will be working together with the geologist to create the 2 or 3D model for the presentation. 

   

Red Cross representative: 

You will be part of an expert group that will meet first to research how to prepare for a disaster.  You will then guide your group members as each one of them completes a family disaster plan.  You will be working together with the reporter to create the poster for the presentation.       

 

Reporter:

You will be the main speaker during your group presentation.  In order to do a good job you need to be familiar with the handout, poster, and the 2 or 3D model that will be created for the Science Night presentation.  You will be working together with the Red Cross representative to create the poster for the presentation.     

  

Geologist:

You will be the main researcher in the group.  It will be your job to make sure that everyone in the group understands the topic. You will be working together with the media specialist to create the 2-3D model for the presentation.     


        2.    Decide on group roles.

3.    Brainstorm what group members already know about the natural disaster you will be researching.

4.    Complete the K and W parts on your own KWL chart.

You can print a copy of the KWL chart after opening the Word document by selecting the hyperlink above.  Your teacher will also have these and all other necessary paperwork incase the link will not work.  The natural disaster websites are also listed at the bottom of this page as well as on the conclusion page.

 

 

 

 

DAY 2

Research your natural disaster.

1.     Use the links to access information about your natural disaster.

2.    Identify information to share in the handouts to the public.

3.    Write notes to share in a group meeting.

4.     Decide as a group what information to share in your handout.

5.    Type out your information on a Word document.

 

Things to consider:

         Definition of the disaster

         What areas do these disasters occur in

         What kind of damage does the disaster cause?

   

 DAY 3

Continue researching the natural disaster.

1.     Identify who (2 members) are in charge of the poster project and who (2 members) will create 2-3 dimensional model to use as a part of the presentation.

 

The poster should contain information and images.  You and your partner may choose to draw all the images to illustrate different facts or print some of the images you find while researching the natural disaster.  You may not use simply prints of photographs.

 

2-3 dimensional model of the disaster can be a diorama, cartoon or any other two or three dimensional way you and your partner choose to illustrate your natural disaster. 

 

2.    Use links to access information about your natural disaster.

3.  Identify what materials you will need to complete your project and submit a "shopping list," written on a piece of paper, to your teacher.

 

 

DAY 4

Continue working on the different assignments. 

1.     Meet as a group and identify what still needs to be done to complete the handout.

2.    The media specialist continues working on the handout.

3.    The reporter and the geologist continue working on the visual presentations.

4.    The Red Cross Representative will meet with the expert group to prepare for the completion of the disaster plan.

 

DAY 5

1.      Meet as a group.  The Red Cross Representative in your group will guide everyone as you complete your Disaster Plans.

2.    Use the links to access information about your natural disaster.

3.    Print and fill in your personal Disaster Plan.

           

DAY 6

1.     Meet as a group.

2.    Review your research and discuss your visual models.

3. Complete the L part of your KWL chart.

4.    Plan how to present facts about your natural disaster.

5.    Practice!

 

Do not forget that everyone will have a role during the presentation.  Everyone will need to participate in presenting the information, setting up and cleaning up.  You need to decide as a group how you are going to do this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links to Natural Disaster Websites: 

Volcanoes

What are volcanoes?

Different type volcanoes                

Volcanic hazards in United States

Simulation of an eruption

How to prepare for a volcanic eruption?

What to do before, during and after a volcanic eruption?

 

Tsunamis

What are tsunamis?

Tsunami hazards in the United States

Tsunami animation

How to prepare for a tsunami?

What to do before, during and after a tsunami?

 

Earthquakes

Forces of nature

What are earthquakes?

Earthquake hazards in the United States

Animations of the disaster

Animations of earthquake terms

How to prepare for an earthquake?

What to do before, during and after an earthquake?

 

Wildfires

What are wildfires?

Wildfire hazards in the United States

Multisensory Fire Observation

How to prepare for wildfires?

What to do before, during and after a wildfire?

 

Floods

What are floods?

Flood information

Flood hazards in the United States

Flood visualizations

How to prepare for floods?

 What to do before, during and after a flood?

 

Landslides

What are landslides?

Landslide types

Landslide hazards in the United States

Animation of earth flow

How to prepare for landslides?

What to do before, during and after a landslide?