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Natural Disasters. A Webquest for grades 3 -5. Introduction. Imagine that you are part of a national emergency response team. Your job is to work together with your group members to develop a weather forecast which will prepare viewers and listeners for an impending natural disaster.

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Natural disasters

Natural Disasters

A Webquest for grades 3 -5


Introduction
Introduction

Imagine that you are part of a national emergency response team. Your job is to work together with your group members to develop a weather forecast which will prepare viewers and listeners for an impending natural disaster.

Each group will present a different forecast by exploring a different disaster. The natural disasters to choose from include floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, thunderstorms, winter storms, volcanoes, earthquakes, wildfires, and heat/drought.


Introduction1
Introduction

When we study natural disasters, there are many aspects we must consider.

In the following WebQuest, you will use the power of teamwork to learn all about natural disasters and emergency safety.

Then you will come together at the end to share your forecasts and get a better understanding of all natural disasters.


Finds focus
FINDS - Focus

Diggity Dog Organizer


Task

  • Your team has chosen a specific natural disaster. You will use the links provided, as well as any other resources you feel are necessary, to become experts on your disaster. You and your team will work together to create a 3-5 minute video weather forecast, using Photo Booth or if available digital video cameras, that will prepare your classmates for when the disaster occurs. By completing this WebQuest, you should achieve the following goals: 


Goals
Goals

  • develop an interest in the study of weather safety and natural disasters  

  • use the power of the Internet and online library database's for advanced exploration 

  • learn information about key aspects of natural disasters and emergency preparedness 

  • expand and share knowledge of natural disasters and production of video clips 

  • work with teammates to prepare others for a variety of potential natural disasters.



Fact fragment frenzy
Fact Fragment Frenzy

Click here for tutorial

Fact Fragment Frenzy, included in an extended research skills unit which also employs the Hints about Print interactive, aids students in learning the importance of finding the words in sentences and paragraphs that contain the facts they need for compiling their research. They practice by pulling important words from a text over to a virtual notebook (shown at left).


Hints about print
Hints About Print

Click here for tutorial

Hints about Print, included in an extended research skills unit which also employs the Fact Fragment Frenzy interactive, aids students in evaluating print resources that contain the facts they need for compiling their research.



Process
Process

  • Explore the websites for your group’s specific disaster to determine the answers to all questions on the

  • NATURAL DISASTER WEBQUEST WORKSHEET.

  • (click back button to return to slide 11)

  • Be sure to properly cite ALL sources of information.

  • Now, as a group, prepare a 3-5 minute weather forecast highlighting important information discovered during your WebQuest exploration and focusing specifically on safety.



Phase 3
Phase 3

  • Phase 3 - Reaching Consensus

  • You have all learned about different aspects of natural disasters through the Weather WebQuest. You must now complete the Task as a group. Each of you will bring a certain viewpoint to the answer: some of you will agree and others disagree. Use information, pictures, movies, facts, opinions, etc. from the web sites you explored to convince your teammates that your viewpoint is important and should be part of your team's response. Your WebQuest team should write out an answer (forecast) that everyone on the team can live with.


Process1
Process

  • Use maps, other graphics, and/or audio to enhance your forecast.

  • The forecast must be videotaped using classroom computers and applications.

    • Photo Booth


Process2
Process

OVERVIEW:

  • Form groups of 2 -3 students each.

  • Examine the “Background Information” links to get a general overview of natural disasters.

  • Each group must then choose a different natural disaster to research.

    You may choose from the following• floods• hurricanes• tornadoes• tsunamis• thunder/lightning storms• winter storms• volcanoes• earthquakes• wildfires• heat/drought


Process3
Process

  • The final days of the project will be spent viewing the videos from each group. While viewing the other groups’ videos, you will evaluate and provide feedback according to the VIDEO PRESENTATION RUBRIC.

  • Finally, you will submit a short (1/2-page) reflection on your WebQuest experience using the WEBQUEST REFLECTION.


Process phase 1
Process – Phase 1

  • Phase 1 - Background InformationThese sites are important because they will provide basic information about natural disasters as a whole. Everyone should explore Destiny Quest before starting your specific Task.  

  • Find a book using Destiny

  • Log into Destiny Quest

  • use One Search to find

    • background information


Process phase 11
Process – Phase 1

  • Phase 1 - Background InformationThese sites are important because they will provide basic information about natural disasters as a whole. Everyone should explore these sites before starting your specific Task.  

  • Department of Homeland Security-Emergency!

  • Weather Wiz Kids

  • FEMA for Kids

  • National Geographic/Natural Disasters


Process phase 2
Process - Phase 2

  • Phase 2 – Roles

    These natural disaster categories were chosen because they each require swift and specific action from the National Emergency Response Team. Each of you has been assigned a particular disaster with links and instructions below. Here are the general instructions for all groups.

    INSTRUCTIONS:1. All members from each WebQuest team will explore one of the natural disasters below. 2. Read through the files designated for your group. You can print out pages and underline the parts that you feel are important or cut and paste from the webpage into a word processor. 3. Remember to include the URL of the page you take information from so you can return to it and use it as a citation.4. Focus what you've learned into one concise meteorological report to fulfill the Task.

  • • floods• hurricanes• tornadoes• tsunamis• thunder/lightning storms• winter storms• volcanoes• earthquakes• wildfires• heat/drought


Internet links
Internet Links

  • Floods:

  • FEMA FloodsWeather Wiz Kids-Rain/FloodsNational Geographic Floods

  • Tsunamis:

  • FEMA TsunamisTIME for Kids TsunamisNOAA Tsunamis

  • Hurricanes: FEMA HurricanesWeather Channel Kids Hurricane SafetyWeather Wiz Kids-Hurricanes

  • Tornadoes:

  • NOAA Tornado SafetyNational Geographic TornadoesFEMA Tornadoes

  • Thunderstorms: NOAA LightningWiz Kids ThunderstormsNational Geographic Lightning


Internet links1
Internet Links

  • Winter Storms:

  • Scholastic Winter StormsNational Geographic AvalancheWeather Wiz Kids-Winter Storms

  • Volcanoes: Scholastic VolcanoNational Geographic VolcanoFEMA Volcano

  • Wildfires: US Fire Administration for KidsFEMA WildfiresWiz Kids-Wildfires

  • Heat & Drought:

  • Univ. of Nebraska Lincoln DroughtNOAA HeatSan Diego State Univ. Drought

  • Earthquakes: USGS EarthquakeScholastic EarthquakesNational Geographic Earthquakes

  • Use these links to answer the questions on the Natural Disasters WebQuest Worksheet.


Evaluation
Evaluation

  • Evaluation Rubric


Conclusion
Conclusion

  • So, are there more similarities or differences between each group's forecast? Well, when you're only looking at one aspect, it's easy to miss the big picture--especially when trying to understand a topic as broad and complex as natural disasters and emergency safety. Now you all know a lot more about all types of natural disasters. Nice work. You should be proud of yourselves! How can you use what you've learned to see beyond the black and white of other topics and into the grayer areas? What other parts of the Natural Disasters WebQuest could still be explored? Remember, learning never stops.


Extentions
Extentions

Projects suggested by students:

Environmental Disasters:

  • Meteors

  • Oil Spills


Natural disaster webquest worksheet
NATURAL DISASTER WEBQUEST WORKSHEET

click on image to download worksheet

Click here to return to slide 11


Graphic organizer
Graphic Organizer

Create

a graphic organizer about your topic.


Essay interactive
Essay Interactive

Complete the worksheet before using the Essay Map

NATURAL DISASTER

WEBQUEST WORKSHEET

This interactive graphic organizer helps students develop an outline that includes an introductory statement,main ideas they want to discuss or describe, supporting details,

and a conclusion that summarizes the main ideas.



Reflection
Reflection

WebQuest Reflection

  • What elements did you like best? What parts did you like least? What would you want to do differently the next time you do a WebQuest? Overall, did you enjoy your WebQuest experience or did you dislike it?

  • Copy above paragraph to your team notebook

  • Write your refection in AppleWorks of MS Word


Credits
Credits

  • Adapted from: Zunal Webquest

    For FINDS Model of research and Destiny Quest

    The Public URL for this WebQuest: www.zunal.com/webquest.php?w=37658


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