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Flooding Rivers


Brian Schad and Miles Robinson


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Grade level: 5th

Subject: Effects of flooding on a community

Learner Outcomes:

1. The students will develop and construct a city.
2. The students will demonstrate how the various parts of a city are related to each other.
3. Each student will plan and construct a building.
4. Each student will sketch several corner views of the constructed building.
5. The students will explain how flooding impacts a city.
6. The students will develop a plan to prevent future flooding within the city.

Student task: The students will discuss the different elements of a city and how a city functions. A scale model will be planned and constructed. Each student will be responsible for constructing and drawing several isometric drawings of the different corner views. The city will include a river that will flow through the middle of town. Even though the river will not actually have water in it, the students will determine the normal depth of the water. When this depth is increased, the students will explore where and how much flooding will take place. A paper is written explaining how the flooding impacts the community. They will also work on a team to develop a plan to prevent flooding in the future.

Teacher Role: The teacher will guide the students as they determine what buildings should be included in a town. The teacher will also assist students as they plan and construct the layout of the city and provide the needed corner view instruction.

Grouping: The students will work individually on their buildings. Students will need to work in groups during the city construction phase. Students that have buildings in the same area of town will need to work together. During the flooding phase, the students will be grouped into teams. The responsibilities of the different members of the team include: site manager, recorder, cost analyst and the project presenter.

Hook: A member of the local planning board is brought in to discuss directions of the community and answer any questions the students might have.

Student-Directed Learning: The students determine the buildings and layout of the town. They also are responsible for determining what should be done about the flooding problem.

Use of Technology: None included.

Assessment: Students develop a folder of work that contains all of the required work related to their constructed building. These folders along with the actual buildings are assessed. A written paper about the impact of flooding on the community is assessed. A rubric is also utilized to assess the presentations related to the flooding of the city.

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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): Miles Robinson (mrobinson@cranbrook.edu), Brian Schad (schad@aaps.k12.mi.us )
Cranbrook Schools, Kingswood Girl's Middle School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and Lawson Elementary Ann Arbor, Michigan
Created: February 15, 2001 - Updated: April 18, 2001
URL: http://www-ed.fnal.gov/lincon/w01/projects/yourfoldername/student.html