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WebQuest Title:  U.S. Natural Hazards      

Author:  Annie Breier              

Date:  March 18, 2003

Dear Colleague: 

This unit is designed to introduce students to the natural hazards of the United States.  The natural hazards covered in this unit are hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and winter storms.  The first section of the unit will cover definitions, regions, and functions of assigned natural hazards.  The second section will cover the Webquest.          

Unit Summary:

Goals/Objectives: 

  1. Students will be introduced to the natural hazards of hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and winter storms.
  2. Students will compare and contrast the natural hazards and their functions.
  3. Students will understand the mass destruction and effect the natural hazards have on people and the earth.

Days:

2 Days

Content: 

The content for this will focus on the definitions, regions, and functions of the natural hazards of the United States.  Students will research these specific areas of the natural hazards and compare/contrast them with a hazard in a different region of the U.S.  Students will also research the destruction that comes along with it.

Methods:

Within this unit, the class is involved in cooperative learning, discussion, power point presentations, displays, charts, and the WebQuest activity.

Webquest  Summary:

Goals/Objectives:

  1. Students will use the internet to research natural hazards, including, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, tsunamis, and winter storms.

  2. Students will understand the definitions, regions, occurrence, functions, and destruction of natural hazards in the United States.

    Days:

3 Days

    Content:

Students will research the natural hazards through websites provided for them.  They will write their own paper on assigned hazards, create a newspaper as a group, and design a display of destruction caused to the earth.

    Methods:

Students will research the Internet as a resource for their paper and power point presentation.  They can use computer generated pictures for their destruction displays as well.          

Teachers Resources

Unit Information:
    

Background Resources

Teacher Background Resources:

http://www.usgs.gov/themes/hazard.html

http://www.naturalhazards.org

http://www.nws.noaa.gov

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

 

Webquest Teacher Resources

http://www.nws.noaa.gov

http://www.usgs.gov/themes/hazard.html

http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/NWSTornado

 

Student Background Resources

http://www.nws.noaa.gov

http://www.usgs.gov/themes/hazard.html

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Webquest Student Resources

http://www.usgs.gov/themes/hazard.html

http://www.crustal.ucsb.edu/ics/understanding

http://www.thetech.org/exhibits/online/quakes

http://www.learner.org/exhibits/volcanoes

http://www.howstuffworks.com/hurricane.htm

http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/NWSTornado

http://www.geophys.washington.edu/tsunami


Unit Lesson Sequence
 


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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Lecture Discuss the natural hazards of the United States Internet sites, books, articles
Class discussion Answer questions/notes Internet sites, books
Cooperative learning Students will be separated into groups to research a  specific natural hazard and a write a paper (on their own) comparing and contrasting their hazard with a different one in another region of the United States Internet sites
     
     
     
     

 


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Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Lecture Display the natural hazards to the students through power point and they will develop their own power point presentations. PowerPoint
Presentations Students will present their individual papers to the class. Papers, transparencies, handouts.
     
     
     
     
     

Day 3    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Class discussion Discuss papers students wrote and answer questions Internet sites
Cooperative learning Students will be separated into groups of four to create a one page newspaper headline about their natural hazard they researched, describing to the town in that region what to expect, shelters, risk, and destruction factors. Internet sites, power point, articles
     
     
     
     
     

Day 4    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Individual work Research papers Internet sites, power point
     
     
     
     
     
     

Day 5    Back to Top
Lesson Plan Outline

Method (Attention Getter, Lecture, Callout Group, etc)

Content/Key Ideas/Concepts/Facts
 

Materials
(Transparencies, audio, handouts, etc)
Cooperative learning Students will present their newspaper headline to the class Newspaper article they developed.
     
     
     
     
     
     

 


Conclusion:

After the class has finished with this unit the students will have an understanding of the natural hazards of the United States.  The students will be familiar with specific terms, functions, risks, and destructions of the hazards located throughout the U.S.  They will have a better understanding of why and how they develop and happen and what precautions can be done about it. 


 

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