1. Students will be able to identify more than one natural disaster type, their characteristics, causes and ways humans can reduce their impact.
2. Students will use online research skills to identify and learn about current natural disasters occurring around the world.
3. Students will use 21st century communication and collaboration tools (email, forums and wikis) to share their disaster research.
4. Students will synthesize information from multiple online and print sources about natural disasters.
5. Students will build a relationship with other students in another part of the world using 21st century tools.
Maryland Voluntary State Standards:
Science Grade Four:
1. Describe different seasonal weather conditions using data collected from weather instruments, models or drawings.
2. Compare average daily temperatures during different seasons.
3. Compare average daily wind speed and direction during different seasons.
4. Compare average daily precipitation during different seasons.
- Identify and describe that human activities in a community or region are affected by environmental factors
The objectives of the E-Pals collaborative project are focused on natural disasters. We will be using this project to help us learn about weather and weather types throughout the world. In our classroom, we will gather data about the weather and use it to help us describe the impact of weather on the the community around where the disaster took place. Our classroom will take the VSC standards and expand on them to participate in the project. Specifically for HCPSS teachers- natural disasters are in found in the grade 4 quarter 3 science curriculum. Since our classrooms are focused on global learning, this project will support our classroom vision of being global learners.