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A. Introduction:
     Your parents told you this past weekend that your family is
moving to California. All the kids have been teaching you that
California is going to fall off into the ocean. You are not sure
what they mean. You've heard about earthquakes happening
there. Your task is to find out what you can about earthquakes
and discover how your family can be prepared for such an

B. The Challenge
     You and your partner should use the internet to find
information about earthquakes. You should try to discover
where they occur the most frequently, how to protect yourself
during one, and what the different types of faults there are,
and how they are measured in intensity.

A. To get more information, visit these sites:

Site                                      URL
FEMA for kids:Disaster Connection    
Earthquakes for Kids                   
Fault Motion Animation:IRIS
Earthquakes Overview

B. To get even more information, use these key words with
search engines:

Earthquakes Natural Disasters Fault lines                           Seismograph

3. Your Report: Sharing your results
A. The report must be your answer to the Science WebQuest
B. Which of these words best describe your report? (You may
check more than one.)
____ Written summary of what I (we) learned
____ Story     ____ Play       ____Poetry      ____Art
____Music           ____Chart        ____Graph     ____Multimedia

C. In two or three sentences, describe your Science
WebQuest report. In other words, tell what the reader or
viewer will observe in your report.


Please attach your report to this Science WebQuest form.
Teacher space
Intended Grade Level(s): 4th                        Is adult help/supervision needed?Yes

Inquiry Process Skill(s) Emphasized

_X_ Observing                  ____Using space/time relationships          ___ Using numbers
___Classifying                 ____Defining operationally                  _X__Communicating
_X_Predicting                  ____Controlling variables                   ___Inferring
_X_Interpreting data           _X_Formulating hypotheses                   ___Measuring

NSE Standards content area(s) to which this Science WebQuest is most closely related:

___Physical science          ____Life Science         __X__Earth and space sciences
___Science and technology __X__Personal and social perspectives
___History and nature of science

Specific NSE Standard to which this Science WebQuest is most closely related:

Content Standard D: As a result of the activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an
understanding of : Properties of earth materials; objects in the sky; changes in the earth and sky.
Content Standard F: As a result of the activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an
understanding of: Personal health; Characteristics and changes in populations; Types of resources;
Changes in environments; Science and technology in local challenges.

Local science curriculum guide topic to which this Science WebQuest is most closely related:

NC Standard Course of Study: Grade 4: Competency Goal 2: The learner will conduct investigations
and use appropriate technology to build an understanding of the composition and uses of rocks and
minerals. 2.07 Identify and discuss different rocks and minerals in North Carolina including their role
in geologic formations and distinguishing geologic regions.

Integration of subjects through the use of WebQuest:
        Through this WebQuest students will have the opportunity to use many different subjects
including Language Arts, Social Studies, Art, Math, and of course, Science! Students will be using the
Language Arts skills to do the reading to find information out about Earthquakes. They will also be
expected to be writing at least one to two sentences describing their report, and they may choose to
write more depending upon the report they choose to complete. Social Studies will be integrated
because they will be expected to know where Earthquakes are common throughout the United States.
This can also be extended in another lesson and can be plotted, etc. Students will use Art in the creation
of their particular report, and they will also be seeing pictures and other types of art on some of the
websites that they encounter. Math with be integrated when students are looking at the seismograph and
they could also create a report that involves mathematical emphasis, such as a graph of Earthquake
happenings in a certain year. And lastly, science is exactly what the WebQuest is all about. It will touch
on the technological aspects of Science by the students using websites and then they will also have to
be able to understand the information on the websites.

Accommodations for English Learners and Special Needs:
        English learners and Special Needs students will be able to complete the WebQuest because
they will be able to be paired with someone who will be able to help them throughout the process.
Those students that are English Learners will have the opportunity to use websites that can be accessed
in their native language, if having a partner is not as beneficial as necessary. Also, the ESL teacher
would be a great resource and having plenty of pictures and trying to have shorter sentences in lower
grade level reading standards would be beneficial. For Special Needs students the teacher should break
the WebQuest down into smaller parts and have them complete each part before moving on so that the
task isn't as overwhelming. Also, you could have less websites for them to have to go to and if
necessary you could provide more time for the student.

         Through this WebQuest the teacher will be able to watch the students go through the steps to
come to their final report. Throughout the journey, the teacher can assess the students as to whether or
not they are on task at the computer and then the teacher can assess how they are pacing themselves
through the assignment and can be there to help them if necessary and to make sure that they are at
appropriate websites. Then, the teacher will be able to assess the knowledge that they have gained from
their final report.

References in APA format:
Abruscato, J. (2004). Teaching children science: A discovery approach: Boston, MA: Pearson
       Education, Inc.
Earthquakes—Discover Our Earth. (No date). Discover our earth: earthquakes. Retrieved November 1,
       2007, from
Earthquakes for Kids. (2007). USGS earthquakes hazards program. Retrieved November 1, 2007, from
Earthquake!--National Geographic Kids Magazine. (2006). Earthquake. Retrieved November 1, 2007,
Fault Motion Animations: IRIS. (No date). Fault motion. Retrieved November 1, 2007, from
FEMA for Kids:Disaster Connection. (No date). Earthquakes. Retrieved November 1, 2007, from
Overview. (No date). The tech: earthquakes overview. Retrieved November 1, 2007, from

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