Project 1: "Earth Systems : Volcanoes and Earthquakes"

  General Information

Lead Teacher(s): Stuart Critchley
(scritchl@calvin.stemnet.nf.ca)
School: St. Joseph's High School
P.O. Box 400
St. George, NF
A0n 1Z0
Tel: (709) 647-3381
Fax: (709) 647-3723
Grade Level: Senior High
Earth Science Pilot Course
Project Start and Finish Dates: February to April, 1998

  Project Overview

The Earth Systems students will be expected to explore the internet in order to obtain up-to-date information about various volcanoes such as Eldfell near Iceland, Kilauea in Hawaii, and Mount St. Helens in Washington. The students will also be expected to gather up-to date information about such earthquakes as the Alaska earthquakes as the Alaska earthquake in 1964, earthquakes along the San Andreas Fault in the United States, and earthquakes taking place around the Pacific Rim.

Goals

  • To develop skills essential for information retrieval.
  • To gain a working knowledge of the Internet and its usefulness as a research tool.
  • To gain knowledge on recent reports on volcanoes concerning up-to-date research work.
  • To explore the cause, development and destruction of volcanoes around the world today.
  • To explore the cause, development and destruction of earthquakes around the world today.
  • To write a report which can become part of the course information on these topics.

  Curriculum Connections

This project has relevance to Language Arts, Social Studies and the other Science. While collecting and analyzing information obtained from the network, the students will be developing Language Arts skills in term of language.

The students will also be developing Social Studies skills in terms of locations, mapping and the effects of earthquakes and volcanoes on the life styles of the various people around the world.

The students will also develop their skills in Geology, Chemistry, and other Science in terms of analyzing the information obtained and writing the information in a report.

In addition, the students will be able to develop their Computer and communications skills.

  Evaluation

  • Students will establish links with various sites on the network in order to enhance their knowledge of current research and information about volcanoes and earthquakes.
  • Students will be expected to write a final report of their findings and this information will become an additive to the present course content.
  • Students will be expected to make oral presentations to the class concerning their findings.

Rationale

Students can complete this course work by using library literature, television and video programs, and the Internet. By taking part in this course work, the students are expected to gain valuable knowledge about earthquakes and volcanoes and the destructive forces of these acts of nature around the world today.

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