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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):

TIME REQUIRED: 1 week

OBJECTIVES:

The students will be able to:

  1. Describe what is meant by a natural disaster.
  2. Report about a natural disaster.
  3. Instruct others about precautions they need to take in case of a natural disaster.

STATE ESSENTIAL SKILLS PROFICIENCIES:

MATERIALS and RESOURCES:

PREPARATION:

STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. When it is your turn to access the computer, use the bookmarked resources, and read/take notes as you use conduct your research.
  2. After you have completed your research, you may compare notes with the other students in your group.
  3. 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.
  4. Select a partner from your group.
  5. After you have finished writing your report, have your partner read the report, and check it for grammar and punctuation errors.
  6. Partners should use highlighters to mark errors.
  7. Type your report on a word processor.
  8. Save your report as a data file under YOUR NAME.
  9. Print your report, and have your partner check for errors again.
    Revise your report to fix any error your partner might have found.
  10. Repeat the partner-checking and revision process until the paper is error free.
  11. Give your error-free report to your teacher.
  12. 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?

STUDENT ASSESSMENT:

  1. Ability to work effectively within the research group.
  2. Quality of the written report.
  3. Quality of contributions made to the class discussion.

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