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TITLE: Researching Natural Disasters
GRADE LEVEL: 3
AUTHOR: Ms Rebecca Diane Williams
SCHOOL: Benjamin Franklin Elementary
DISTRICT: Vigo County Schools, IN.
APPROPRIATE GROUP SIZE(S):
Whole Class: No
Small Group: Yes
TIME REQUIRED: 1 week
The students will be able to:
- Describe what is meant by a natural disaster.
- Report about a natural disaster.
- Instruct others about precautions they need to take in case of a natural disaster.
STATE ESSENTIAL SKILLS PROFICIENCIES:
- Primary 1.1 Values and Attitudes
- Primary 1.4 Communication Skills
- Primary 3.2 Earth
- Primary 3.6 Matter
- Intermediate 3.2 Earth
- Intermediate 3.3 Processes That Shape The Earth
- Intermediate 3.6 Motion
- Intermediate 3.7 Forces of nature
- Language Arts:
- 3.1 Use meaning, structural, and sound clues to construct meaning
- 3.2 Elaborate on the meaning of written text
- Language Arts:
- 6.1 Use meaning, structural, and sound clues to construct meaning
- 6.2 Make comparisons
6.3 Using heading, pictures, captions and other textual clue
- 6.4 Use the writing process
- 6.5 Edit and proofread for selected punctuation and capitalization
- 6.6 Edit and proofread
MATERIALS and RESOURCES:
- Use the information on the Internet to expand on the limited resources of the text book.
- To optimize student computer time, have Internet bookmarks set for the resources listed above, or have the page already accessed and ready to go. You may also want to make a separate diskette of the bookmarks, so that students can take the bookmarks with them, in case they want to continue their work from a different location.
- Assign students to small groups, which each group studying a different type of natural disaster.
- You may want to provide some guidance regarding the key points to look for as they research their disasters. Each group will want to find out about the causes and effects of their disaster type, and how people can best prepare for it.
- If desired, students may use a word processor to type their reports. IF word processing is used, have diskettes available labeled SCIENCE DATA DISK. You may also want to have the bookmarks on this same diskette.
- When it is your turn to access the computer, use the bookmarked resources, and read/take notes as you use conduct your research.
- After you have completed your research, you may compare notes with the other students in your group.
- After you have compiled your notes within your group, each student will independently write his/her own factual report about the disaster you have researched.
- Select a partner from your group.
- After you have finished writing your report, have your partner read the report, and check it for grammar and punctuation errors.
- Partners should use highlighters to mark errors.
- Type your report on a word processor.
- Save your report as a data file under YOUR NAME.
- Print your report, and have your partner check for errors again.
Revise your report to fix any error your partner might have found.
- Repeat the partner-checking and revision process until the paper is error free.
- Give your error-free report to your teacher.
- Your teacher will lead a class discussion to compare and contrast the different disasters types the class has researched. How are they alike? How are they different? What are the similarities and differences in how people may prepare for these disasters?
- Ability to work effectively within the research group.
- Quality of the written report.
- Quality of contributions made to the class discussion.
- You can expand the range of natural disasters to include forest fires, earthquakes, volcanoes, etc.
- Students can repeat the research process, focusing on a specific disaster that has occurred in history, rather than on a general disaster type.
- Students enjoy this project once they get started.
- It is helpful if the teacher and/or school library/media specialist assists the students with their research.
- Student computer time can be reduced a lot, if the teacher has explored the Internet resources, and has bookmarked the best sites ahead of time.
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