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  1. 1. Earthquake Webquest Project Introduction
 NEWS FLASH: A terrible earthquake has hit the town of Shakeville.Many houses and buildings were destroyed, and the people of the townare very upset and afraid. The people of Shakeville need to learn moreabout earthquakes and earthquake safety so that they will know whatto do if an earthquake ever strikes their town again. The TaskIt is your responsibility, as members of the National Disaster Taskforcefor the Shakeville News Team, to help the community of Shakevilleunderstand earthquakes and how to be safe in the event of futurequakes. As a team you will be creating a broadcasted special aboutearthquakes. This special should be informative for all of Shakevillescitizens including information about equipment used to detectearthquakes, causes of earthquakes, and history of earthquakedamage and earthquake safety. You will also be responsible fordesigning and producing a Newscast video or PowerPointpresentation about earthquakes and earthquake safety to inform thecommunity members. Your taskforce must become experts in the fieldof earthquakes in order to be successful at this task. Good Luck! ProcessIn order to complete your task and educate the townspeople onearthquakes and how to stay safe during an earthquake, each personin your group will be given one of four different jobs. When you areassigned this job, it will be your mission to find out as much as youcan on the subject. You will be the expert on what you find, so makesure you work as hard as you can to teach the people of this townmore about earthquakes. After doing the research on each topic usingthe links provided, you will share your individual results with yourother group members. Once each group member has presentedhis/her findings, your group will work together to plan how to presentthis information to this class in a newscast format. Also, your groupwill make a video webcast or PowerPoint with the information you havefound.
  2. 2. You will join two different groups on Edmodo. One group will be yourPresentation Group and will include 1 of each: Geologist, Seismologist, Safety Expert Damage InvestigatorThis is your “News Team Group”. The second group will be composedof everyone else in the class that has the same assignment as you do.(All Geologists, all safety experts, etc.) This is your “ProfessionalGroup”.During the research phase of your project, you will work with othermembers of the class who have the same job assignment as you do.(Research group) You may share information and resources and worktogether on gathering your information, however, each person isresponsible for creating a unique and separate contribution to theoriginal News Team group.After all the groups have finished the research, you will re-join your“News Team Group” and create either a video webcast or a PowerPointpresentation and then each group will present their findings to theclass. You will also post your video webcast or PowerPoint on Edmodoso that you can help your class learn more about earthquakes.Grading:Your grade will be based on: Quality of information Group participation Your presentation and Your Video or PowerPoint.See attached grading rubric.
  3. 3. Here is information and some details about each position:Seismologist: You will be in charge of finding different types of instruments that seismologists use to study and learn about earthquakes. It is your job to find at least five different types of methods and instruments that seismologists use to measure earthquakes and explain them to your audience.. Describe what seismologists do when an earthquake happens. Are they able to predict when and where the next earthquake will happen?Geologist You will be in charge of looking at the reasons earthquakes occur. You will be able to explain what tectonic plates are and what the theory of Plate Tectonics is. You will describe how the Earth’s mantle and tectonic plates play a role in earthquakes. You will explain what fault lines are, what kind of faults there are and how to predict where earthquakes are likely to happen.Safety Expert Your job will be to research how to stay safe when an earthquake happens. Explain what people can do to stay safe before an earthquake hits if they live in an area where earthquakes are likely to happen. Create a list of at least 10 things people should have in an earthquake kit. Describe at least three ways builders can make buildings safe in earthquake areas.Damage Investigator You will compare the difference between earthquakes measuring 2.0, 4.0, 7.0, etc on the Richter scale and find pictures of the differences. You will study earthquakes that have taken place in history and report on the damage they have caused. Compare the damage done by earthquakes of the same size in different areas of the world and give reasons why some caused more damage than others. (good examples would be the 2010 7.0 earthquake in Haiti vs. the 7.2 earthquake in Mexicali,
  4. 4. Mexico). You will also report on the 2011 earthquake in Japan and find what other areas of the world could have a similar earthquake.Your resources:Please use books from our classroom and the library, thewebsites listed on Edmodo.If you find additional websites that you think are useful,please tell me so I can post them for others to use.