Are We On Solid Ground?
Pre-Project Assignments: Students will be assessed on technology skills and science content.
Day 1 - Introduction: The project is launched with a guest speaker. The teacher will
1. Lead a discussion on local earthquake history.
2. Introduce school participation in the SC Earth Physics Project which provided a digital seismograph.
3. Introduce to the students their task of creating an earthquake awareness project.
4. Have students brainstorm:
Day 2 - Organization: The teacher will
1. Assign research teams and explain guidelines.
2. Instruct teams to e-mail earthquake survivors with list of questions from brainstorming session.
3. Introduce students to the student page of the project.
Day 3 - Research: Research teams will
1. Spend class time in
the library or computer lab searching the Web, books, and periodicals for
Day 4 - Research: Research teams will
1. E-mail a group summary to the teacher of what they have found so far.
2. Continue with research.
Day 5 - Discussion:
Day 6 - Research: Research teams will
1. E-mail a group summary to the teacher which should include
Day 7 - Research: Research teams will
1. Continue research in the Library and Computer Labs.
2. Outline plans for how the material they have found can be presented in their awareness project.
Day 8 - Discussion: Research teams will
1. Make a group oral presentation of their research team's findings to the class which should include
Day 9 - Research: Research teams will
1. Prepare a preliminary layout of their earthquake awareness project using Inspiration.
2. Continue research in the Library and Computer Labs.
Day 10 - Product Development: Research teams
1. Continue refining layout by comparing it to the appropriate rubric.
2. Decide on and delegate responsibilities of each member towards project development.
2. E-mail the layout (as an attachment) and responsibilities of team members to the teacher.
Day 11 - Discussion: Research teams
1. Share preliminary layout ideas with the class and receive feedback.
2. Continue to work on product development.
Day 12 - Product Development: Research teams
1. Continue to work on product development.
2. E-mail a group summary to the teacher with an indication on how much more time is needed.
Day 13 - Product Development: Research teams
1. Continue to work on product development and/or make final "tune-ups" to earthquake awareness product.
Day 14 - Presentations: Each research team will
1. Present their earthquake awareness product to the class for feedback.
Day 15 - Reflection: Students will
1. Be given their original technology skill checklist to refine.
2. Be assessed on content by a post-test.
Day 16 - Community Presentation: Students will
1. Make presentations and send copies of their earthquake awareness
product to their team's specified target
Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.
Author(s): Starr Bright, Theresa
Owens, Lu Anne Smith
School: Branchville High School, Orangeburg, SC
Created: March 21, 2001 - Updated: April 10, 2001