Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Earth Science- Natural Disaster project

We have begun the Natural dissaster project in both science and humanities classes.  Final projects are due March 16th

Below are some of the due dates as well as a copy of introduction to the project which will be passed out in Humanities class this week.

#1 The Disaster Research worksheet is DUE 3/7/2011, an individual grade worth 100 points with no revisits or incompletes given.  If students coordinate with their group members each student only researches the answer to 4/16 questions and group members can exchange answers to complete all 16 questions.  I advised students to use the internet citation template (not for a grade) to help them collect source information for text notes and the group Works Cited Page.  The research worksheet is due for ALL classes; an electronic copy of the research can be turned into my Teacher Desk Inbox or a print out of the research can be turned into the Inbox in my classroom.  Grades are based on the percentage of questions that are answered based on student research.  There will be no revisit or option to earn more points; make the hard deadline, these points count in Humanities and Science.

#2 Introduction to ND Rough Draft is due by 1PM on 3/9/2011, a group grade worth 50 points with chances to revisit.  ND groups will decide on one or two students that will be responsible for authoring the introduction essay on disaster mechanics, details about the specific disaster and the energy transfer in the disaster.  Students must use details from their research with textnotes identifying the source for the details to construct the essay.  Infomation from the essay will then be bulleted on the final product and be referenced during the final presentation.

Expect more ND information to be posted the project ends ~16th of March. 

How does a country’s socioeconomic status affect that country’s ability to prepare for and/or respond to natural disasters?

            Disasters test people and governments to the extreme. They also provide an excellent lens for studying humankind’s relationship to the forces of nature. Through the study of natural disasters, you will gain a greater understanding of how culture, politics and economics affect the way we interact with both the physical world and each other.

            This project will require both individual as well as group work. Your individual grades and your group grades will be counted in both Humanities and Science, so it is important that you take this project seriously and do your best work.  Each group will be responsible for producing a final multimedia presentation about one disaster that has stricken a developed, developing or underdeveloped nation.  For example, one group might produce a project on floods in an underdeveloped nation and another might study a volcanic eruption in a developed nation.   Examples of disasters and the nations in which they have occurred will be provided by your teachers.

Each group will conduct research on one of the following natural disasters:



Ø Individual work: 
1)      Research worksheets. After you have been split into groups, EACH MEMBER of your group will be responsible for researching one part of your disaster. Complete the research worksheet for your part of one disaster.
2)      Essay. Compare the response of developed, developing and underdeveloped nations and how their socioeconomic status affects the nation’s response to a natural disaster.
3)      Reflection. When the project is over, you will be given the chance to evaluate your group’s work, your group members’ performance, and your own performance.

Ø Group work:
Your group should assemble the whole report together.  Divide the work evenly.  Students who don’t help with the final presentation will NOT get a group grade.  As a group you must do the following:
1)      Introduction: Write an introduction which explains the scientific mechanics of your disaster, or how your disaster works from the potential energy build up through the kinetic energy release of destruction. 

2)      Detailed analysis of your disaster. Once you are done with your research, your group needs to use demographic and severity factors from the disaster, to analyze how the country’s socioeconomic status affected disaster preparedness and/or response to the disaster.  You will be given more detailed instructions in the coming days.

3)      Presentation: Your group is expected to create a thorough and complete presentation that includes visuals. Details will follow in a future handout, but the general overview is that your presentation should include:

a.       Explanation of the scientific mechanics of your disaster
b.      Explanation of what happened during the disaster
c.       Explanation of the factors that affected the severity of each disaster (based on your research worksheet)
d.      Explanation of what can be done to limit the severity if a disaster were to occur in the same place in the future

4)      Citations: Create a Works Cited page listing all sources used for the research worksheet, the introduction, and the presentation.  This should be a word document handed in separately from your visual.

REMEMBER: You will go far when you read and follow ALL handouts and rubrics!!!!

Due date
Class it will be collected in
Point value
Individual or group?
Demographics research worksheet
March 4th

Disaster Research worksheet
March 7th
Rough draft of written introduction
March 9th    
Before 1 PM to your Science teacher
Visual for presentation
March 14th—HARD DEADLINE Due to HUM teacher

Work Cited Page
March 14th—HARD DEADLINE Due to HUM teacher attached to rubric
Oral Presentation
March 15th & 16th
Individual Reflections
Week of March 21st   

                                                                                    TOTAL: 850 POINTS!!!!!

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