We have been watching 5th and 6th GATErs do their end of unit projects for a couple of weeks now. So far we’ve had PowerPoints, videos, Vokis, demonstrations, and Prezis. I am so impressed so far with the work you have done so far! We’ve had some technical difficulties sharing some of your projects and I apologize for that. I can’t wait to publish some of them on the blog. If yours is polished and ready to go, leave me a comment so I can post it on the blog!
Today you will be taking notes in your Thinking Maps about your Natural Disaster. Remember to write down the resources you used to help you answer the question. If you used a website, you will need to write down the following (for example):
“Types of Volcanoes.” Enchanted Learning. 8 June 2011 http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/volcano/types/index.shtml
Need resources? Check out our wiki page that I started on resources or just start searching!
We have been studying Natural Disasters for a few months now and it’s time for you to show what you know! You will become experts on one natural disaster and work in small groups to share the information you have found. Within each small group, you will collaborate to prepare a natural disaster preparedness presentation containing the following information:
What are characteristics of the natural disaster?
What warning does it give?
What was the most memorable historical incident involving the natural disaster studied? When did it occur?
Where else has the natural disaster occurred?
Explain what can be done to prepare for the studied natural disaster.
Explain the steps to take if a disaster occurs.
Presentations should creatively show what you’ve learned. For example,
Today you will research the various ways that people can prepare for natural disasters and what they should do when one has occurred. Study what warnings, if any, precede the disaster and what residents can do to prepare. FEMA (The Federal Emergency Management Agency) has a great website for kids.
How has your family perpared for disasters at home?
Today you will choose one disaster from the list below to investigate. Create a Thinking Map to show the causes and effects. Afterwards, you will find a partner who did a different disaster to compare and contrast them. Don’t forget the Frame of Reference (National Geographic).
Today we did some experiments with air to help us understand natural disasters. We learned 3 things:
1. Air takes up space.
2. Air has weight (although our experiment was inconclusive)
3. Air applies pressure .
The flow map is used to put things in order. To start, we sequenced what we would do on our best day. Then, we applied the Thinking Map to curriculum. The students put natural disasters in order from the most destructive to the least (the top 3). Then, we found out which countries have had the worst disasters and put them in order.