My heart hurts for Japan

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in Natural Disasters | Posted on March 11, 2011

JMR900433818ust yesterday we were learning about disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis and floods.  Now a devestating 8.9 earthquake happened this morning off the coast of Japan. 

What can we do?  Check out CNN’s article on Japan Relief: How You can Help.  Maybe we, as GATErs, could do something together to help these people.  What do you think?

How do you know that??

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in 5th GATErs, Natural Disasters, Science, Thinking Maps, Uncategorized | Posted on February 3, 2011

MH900365800Today 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!

 

 

 

How will you show what you’ve learned??

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in 5th GATErs, ePals, Inquiry, Natural Disasters, Technology, Uncategorized | Posted on January 20, 2011

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:

Content

  1. What are characteristics of the natural disaster?
  2. What warning does it give?
  3. What was the most memorable historical incident involving the natural disaster studied? When did it occur?
  4. Where else has the natural disaster occurred?
  5. Explain what can be done to prepare for the studied natural disaster.
  6. Explain the steps to take if a disaster occurs.

Presentation Options

Presentations should creatively show what you’ve learned.  For example,

Today, I need to know your plans.  Fill out the form below with your group.

Preparing for Natural Disasters

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in 5th GATErs, Inquiry, Natural Disasters, Uncategorized | Posted on January 13, 2011

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. topBanner FEMA (The Federal Emergency Management Agency) has a great website for kids.

 

How has your family perpared for disasters at home? 

Tornadoes and Tsunamis- More Alike or Different?

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in 5th GATErs, Inquiry, Natural Disasters, Thinking Maps | Posted on January 7, 2011

Comparing and Contrasting 2 Natural Disasters: IMG_0736

Storm brings flooding, accidents throughout county – SignOnSanDiego.com

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in Global Warming, Natural Disasters, Water | Posted on December 22, 2010

http://www.signonsandiego.com/photos/2010/dec/21/283574/

http://www.signonsandiego.com/photos/2010/dec/21/283574/

Storm brings flooding, accidents throughout county – SignOnSanDiego.com.

STAY SAFE gateRS!!

Causes and Effects of Disasters

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in 5th GATErs, Natural Disasters, Thinking Maps | Posted on December 9, 2010

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).

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Hurricanes http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngexplorer/0409/quickflicks/

Volcanoes http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngexplorer/0405/quickflicks/

Tornadoes http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngexplorer/0401/quickflicks/

Tsunamis      http://www.powertolearn.com/BrainPOP/tsunami/index.shtml

Airheads

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in 5th GATErs, Natural Disasters, Science | Posted on December 2, 2010

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 . 

Video of air pressure experiment:  IMG_0704

Flow Map: Sequencing

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in 5th GATErs, Inquiry, Natural Disasters, Thinking Maps | Posted on November 19, 2010

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.

The History of Natural Disasters

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Posted by Mrs. Ibrahim | Posted in 5th GATErs, ePals, Inquiry, Natural Disasters | Posted on November 18, 2010

Today we are going to explore the history of Natural Disasters in the world. I wonder which countries had the most human casualties from disasters? I wonder which Natural disasters happened more often? I wonder…?
Search for the history of natural disasters and then post a comment on the blog. You will be sharing this information with your ePals in your next email (or on the wiki if you are not doing ePals).