Our Savage Planet in the News
Procedures for Teachers is divided into four sections:
-- Preparing for the Lesson.
-- Conducting the Lesson.
-- Additional Activities.
-- Managing Resources and Student Activities.
You will need at least one computer with Internet access to complete this lesson. While many configurations will work, we recommend:
- Modem: 28.8 Kbps or faster.
- Browser: Netscape Navigator 3.0 or above or Internet Explorer 3.0 or
- Macintosh computer: System 7.0 or above and at least 16 MBs of RAM.
- IBM-compatible computer: 386 or higher processor with at least 16 MBs
of RAM, running Windows 3.1. Or, a 486/66 or Pentium with at least 16 MBs of
RAM, running Windows 95 or higher.
For more information, visit What You Need to Get Connected
in wNetSchool's Internet Primer.
- Any Word Processing Program (i.e., MS Word, Corel WordPerfect, AppleWorks, etc.)
- MS Powerpoint or HyperStudio can be used by students to add a multimedia
presentation to their final project. For more information on how to use these programs, see wNetSchool's HyperStudio or PowerPoint Tutorials.
Before students begin the activities, have them bookmark the following sites according to their groups.
Volcano Research Group
Storms Research Group
Deadly Skies Research Group
Extremes Research Group
Have students prepare a natural disaster evacuation plan for a particular natural event. Some possible Web sites to use include:
Have students create a small booklet containing summaries of people who have survived natural disasters.
For applicable standards see:
Students often work most effectively in small groups to develop
projects. Encourage them to share what they are learning with each other, as often explaining things to another person helps clarify one๊s own understanding of a concept.
Give students time to discuss what they are learning. The lesson activities will be most beneficial when the students have some background exposure to the topics.
Encourage students to support their views with evidence from the sources they are researching.
The use of different symbolic representations such as art and music is extremely helpful in integrating knowledge. Encourage students to think across disciplines.
One Computer in the Classroom
If you have access to one computer in your classroom, you can organize your class in several ways. Divide your class into two groups. Instruct one of the groups to do paper research while the second group is working on the computer. Bring in books, encyclopedias, and other materials from the library for the group doing paper research. Lead the group working at the computer through an Internet search or allow the students in the class to take turns. (Always have a set of bookmarks ready for the students before they start working on the computer, in order to show them examples of what to look for.) When the groups have finished working have them switch places.
If you have a big monitor or projection facilities, you can do Internet research together as a class. Make sure that every student in your class can see the screen, go to the relevant Web site(s), and review the information presented there. You can also select a search engine page and allow your students to suggest the search criteria. Again, bookmark and/or print the pages that you think are helpful for reference later.
Several Computers in the Classroom
Divide your class into small groups. Groups can do Internet research using pages you have bookmarked. Group members should take turns navigating the bookmarked sites.
You can also set the class up so that each computer is dedicated to certain sites. Students will then move around the classroom, getting different information from each station.
Using a Computer Lab
A computer center or lab space, with a computer-to-student ratio of one to three, is ideal for doing Web-based projects. Generally, when doing Web-based research, it is helpful to put students in groups of three. This way, students can help each other if problems or questions arise. It is often beneficial to bookmark sites for students ahead of time.
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