Most disaster happen quite suddenly (apart from drought). The students have been learning how to keep themselves safe. An expert member of the rescue team in New Zealand , and a member of the FOCUS team (an organization that has a lot of experience managing disasters throughout the world) have been our alternate source of information. We also skyped with a school in Australia to find out how they cope with disaster.
For their summative task, the students are finding , sorting, and creating a wiki for their unit of inquiry.
They will be assessed on their ability to find information from at least 3 different types of sources; cite their sources; sort the information into different pages; add videos, slide shows, glogs, prezis or toondos in order to show their understanding of a disaster. They also need to include a page on how people organize themselves and the effects a disaster has on our lives and the environment.
The summative assessment will require students to have a thorough grasp of some of the tools they have used throughout the year.
Disasters represented through the medium of watercolours.