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Grade 7: Science: Natural Disasters

Instructional Design: Jennifer Johnson

Stage 1 - Desired Results

Established Goals:
Specific Outcomes:
1.2 Clarify and Extend                                      
3.2 Select and Process
3.3 Organise, Record, and evaluate
4.2 Attend to conventions
4.3 Present and Share

ICT Outcomes:
Below is a pdf file identifying all of the ICT outcomes touched on throughout this project. Click on the file to download it to your computer.

General Outcomes:
The students will listen, speak, read, write, view, and represent to :
a) comprehend and respond critically to oral, print, and other media
b) manage ideas and information
c) enhance the clarity and artistry of communication
d) respect, support and collaborate with others

Essential Questions:
Why do disasters occur?
How can we prepare for or avoid disasters?
Why are human fascinated with disaster?

Students will know:
- Students will be given a rubric detailing the specific expectations.
-Students will be given a project sheet detailing what needs to be done in order to complete the assignment.
-Background knowledge on disasters.
- Some basic computer skills

Students will be able to:
-Students will be able to create their own Power Point presentation.
- Share their knowledge with classmates about their disaster topic.

Stage 2 - Assessment Evidence

Performance Task(s)
You are to choose a natural disaster and create a power point presentation. The following information will be researched on the Internet and detailed in your presentations;
1) Definition
2) Historical Accounts- give actual examples
3) Causes- What causes that natural disaster to happen?
4) Safety precautions
** Min of 2 images

Other Evidence (Quizzes, test, etc)

Self Assessment

Stage 3 - Learning Plan

Teaching and Learning Activities
Natural Disaster Project-LA7  Planning

        To do in class, before first period in lab:
Assign topic (disaster to research) to each student.
Provide students with rubric and explain task with expectations, including timeline.
Have students research topic. Talk about plagiarism and need to write in own words.
Have them keep track of references for bibliography.
Look for pictures on Internet (www.google.com---images is always an easy way to find pictures)
*Remind students to record picture sources.

        Period 1 in lab: Review of Power Point and start on presentation:
Show example with advice
Show: New slide, Text box, View all slides, Add pictures, add and view notes. Give students reference notes.
Let them start their presentation, concentrating on getting the text on the slides.

        Period 2 in lab: Continue to work on Power Point presentation:
Show how to do animation, talk about sounds.
Let students work on their presentation and finish gathering pictures.

        Period 3 in lab: Finish PP presentation:
Let students finish their presentation. Print if they have notes.
Practice for oral presentation. Start viewing presentations as teacher evaluates using rubric.

        To do after last lab period:
Have students present their oral presentation and mark finished product using the rubric.
Students could mark each other while watching presentations and/or have them answer prepared questions by presenter.

Additional Teacher Resources
These are documents for teachers and/or students that were developed to support the project.  Documents will always be available in pdf format as well as in the original format created (e.g. MS Word, AppleWorks, Inspiration, etc)


Click to download Rubric RubricDisaster.jpg


Student Exemplars

The following exemplars represent an excellent and limited student samples. Please click on the exemplar to download a copy.  NB - You will need PowerPoint installed on your computer to view.

 Last Modified: 21 August,2005