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Volcanic Region Research Report, Poster and Media Documentary Presentation

A WebQuest for 6th Grade Science

Designed by

Miss Papson

spapson@mvwsd.k12.ca.us

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Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits 


dino intro

Do you like to watch TV, go to the movies, play video games, listen to music? If the answer is yes, what would you do if there was no power to allow you to do those things? In 50 years fossil fuels will be used up and we will need alternative power source. The solution to our declining fossil fuels is geothermal energy. Where does this energy come from....Volcanoes!
When you think about volcanoes, you think about fiery eruptions and the death, injury, and destruction they cause.  As important as those affects are, other aspects of volcanoes are also important, including their influence on art, history, and literature of the people living near them; important products obtained or produced from volcanic materials; the effects of volcano activity on soil fertility and agriculture; and geothermal energy.  This project will give you a chance to investigate a variety of ways in which people have been affected by volcanoes.



dino task

To make a documentary about life in a volcanic region.  Your project must

  • describe the type of volcano you chose and give its history;
  • focus on one or two topics for your documentary, such as how people have benefited from living near the volcano or how people show the volcano in their art and stories;
  • draw conclusions from a variety of source materials about the volcano's effects on people living near it;
  • communicate how the volcano has affected people living in a volcanic region by writing a formal report, making a poster and making a documentary presentation.

To make your documentary presentation, you will be using powerpoint/hyperstudio.


dino process
1.  Select a leader and a volcano/volcanic region to study.  The following is a list of volcanoes/volcanic regions to chose from
  • Cotopaxi
  • Etna
  • El Chichon
  • Mt. Fuji
  • Kilauea
  • Krakatau
  • Lassen Peak
  • Mauna Loa
  • Paricutin
  • Pelee
  • Pinatubo
  • Mt. Shasta
  • Mt. St. Helens
  • Tambora
  • Vesuvius
  • Vulcano
2.  Once you have selected your volcano, have your leader report back to the teacher.

3.  Begin gathering information on your volcano by going to the following
4.  You will have approximately two weeks to gather all of the information for your  research paper, which you will use this information for your poster and for your documentary presentation.

5.  The following is a guideline for gather the necessary information for your documentary and for organizing your research paper.

The Paper
A cover page with the Graham School heading, including both your language arts teacher's name and your science teacher's name, and the period that you have both classes.

The research paper will need to have the following paragraphs.
a.  Introduction - Included in this paragraph would be the name of your volcano, location, type of volcano (Shield, Cinder Cone, Composite/Strato), and why you chose this volcano.
b.  History - Discuss the history of your volcano. What tectonic plate(s) it sits on and how it was formed (hot spots or tectonic plate activity).  When it first erupted and other eruptions throughout history.  Is your volcano active, dormant, or extinct?
c.  Myths and legends about your volcano/volcanic region.
d.  Tourism - Is your volcano a place that people go to visit and why?  Discuss some of the things people can do when they go to visit your volcano/volcanic region.
e.  Geothermal energy and minerals/rocks that have been produced by your volcano.  
f.  Closing paragraph.  Summarize the key points of your paper and several interesting facts that you learned during your research regarding your volcano/volcanic region.

6.  Gathering your information for your project - Each person in the group must take notes in the interactive notebook for each of the above items. Even though each one of you needs to turn in their own research paper, you can have the same notes on each section.  You may want to divide up the work with each person taking a section and finding the information and then sharing the information you have found with your group members.  We will be spending class time going to the library and computer lab, however, you will need to do research for homework. You will also need to print out pictures that you may want to use for your poster.

7.  During the first two weeks while you are gathering the information in science, in your language arts class you will learn how to site your work and to make a bibliography.  (For more information, see Write Source pages 230-232).  Your teachers will also go plagiarism when writing a research paper.

8.  At the end of two weeks, you will begin to write your rough drafts with your language arts teachers.  The final draft will need to be done at home and you may type the final draft or handwritten, in black or blue ball-point pen only.

9.  The Poster - Using the information have gathered for your research paper, as a group, you will need to design a poster about your poster.  (See the Volcano Poster Rubric below for the guidelines for your poster.)  You will have one week in class to work on your poster.  Again, some of this poster will need to be completed as homework.

10.  Powerpoint/Hyperstudio Documentary Presentation - As a group you are now going to take your researched information about your volcano/volcanic region and create a documentary that you will be presenting to the class.  This will be done as a group.  You will be using Powerpoint/Hyperstudio to present your documentary on.  

11.  In preparing your documentary presentation you will need to make a storyboard first.  The storyboard is a way for you to organize your documentary.  The first card/page would have the name of your volcano and the names of the people in your group.  The card/page two would be a brief description about your volcano. The next 2 to 5 cards/pages would contain your documentary.  The last card/page would contain a bibliography.  You will be presenting this documentary to the class so make it interesting.  (See the Volcano Powerpoint/Hyperstudio rubric below for the guidelines.)

12.  At the end of the project each group will turn in a research paper to be graded by the language arts teacher and the science teacher; a group poster; and will have presented their documentary to the class using Powerpoint/Hyperstudio.





eval

rex Each member of the group will turn in a final draft of the written report. The research report is worth 100 points.


Research Report:  Volcanic Region

CATEGORY Excellent Good Satisfactory Needs Improvement
Amount of Information All topics are addressed and all questions answered with at least 5 sentences about each. All topics are addressed and most questions answered with at least 5 sentences about each. All topics are addressed, and most questions answered with 3 sentence about each. One or more topics were not addressed.
Quality of Information Information clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples. Information clearly relates to the main topic. It provides 1-2 supporting details and/or examples. Information clearly relates to the main topic. No details and/or examples are given. Information has little or nothing to do with the main topic.
Sources All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented in the bibliography. All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented in the bibliography, but a few are not in the desired format. All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented in the bibliography, but many are not in the desired format. Some sources are not accurately documented in the bibliography.
Paragraph Construction All paragraphs include introductory sentence, explanations or details, and concluding sentence. Most paragraphs include introductory sentence, explanations or details, and concluding sentence. Paragraphs included related information but were typically not constructed well. Paragraphing structure was not clear and sentences were not typically related within the paragraphs.
Mechanics 1-2 grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. 3 grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. 4 grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. More than 5 grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.



rex Each group will turn in one poster.  The poster is worth 100 points.  

Making A Poster: Volcanic Region Poster

Teacher name: Miss Papson

Student Name ___________________

CATEGORY Excellent Good Satisfactory Needs Improvement
Graphics - Relevance All graphics are related to the topic and make it easier to understand. All borrowed graphics have a source citation written on the back of the poster. All graphics are related to the topic and most make it easier to understand. All borrowed graphics have a source citation written on the back of the poster. All graphics relate to the topic. Most borrowed graphics have a source citation written on the back of the poster. Graphics do not relate to the topic OR several borrowed graphics do not have a source citation written on the back of the poster.
Labels ALL ITEMS of importance on the poster are clearly labeled with complete sentences that can be read from at least 2 ft. away. ALMOST ALL ITEMS of importance on the poster are clearly labeled with complete sentences that can be read from at least 2 ft. away. Several items of importance on the poster are clearly labeled with complete sentences that can be read from at least 2 ft. away. Labels are too small to view OR no important items were labeled.
Content - Accuracy At least 7 accurate facts are displayed on the poster. 5-6 accurate facts are displayed on the poster. 3-4 accurate facts are displayed on the poster. Less than 3 accurate facts are displayed on the poster.
Attractiveness The poster is exceptionally attractive in terms of design, layout, and neatness. The poster is attractive in terms of design, layout and neatness. The poster is acceptably attractive though it may be a bit messy. The poster is distractingly messy or very poorly designed. It is not attractive.
Mechanics Capitalization and punctuation are correct throughout the poster. There are 1-3 errors in capitalization or punctuation. There are 4-5 errors in capitalization or punctuation. There are more than 5 errors in capitalization or punctuation.
Grammar There are no grammatical mistakes on the poster. There are 1-3 grammatical mistakes on the poster. There are 4-5 grammatical mistakes on the poster. There are more than 5 grammatical mistakes on the poster.



rex Each group will prepare a Hyperstudio/Powerpoint documentary and present it to the class. The presentation is worth 100 points.  

HyperStudio/Powerpoint Appearance and Co: A Documentary on a Volcanic Region

Teacher name: Miss Papson

Student Name ___________________

CATEGORY Excellent Good Satisfactory Needs Improvement
Buttons - Navigation Buttons are appropriately labeled and all similar buttons (e.g., Back, Home, Next, etc.) appear in the same place on different cards. Buttons are appropriately labeled. Most similar buttons (e.g., Back, Home, Next, etc.) appear in the same place on different cards. Buttons are appropriately labeled. Placement of buttons appears random from card to card. Buttons are not adequately labeled and placement of buttons appears random from card to card.
Background Background does not detract from text or other graphics. Choice of background is consistent from card to card and is appropriate for the topic. Background does not detract from text or other graphics. Choice of background is consistent from card to card. Background does not detract from text or other graphics. Background makes it difficult to see text or competes with other graphics on the page.
Originality Presentation shows considerable originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented in a unique and interesting way. Presentation shows some originality and inventiveness. The content and ideas are presented in an interesting way. Presentation shows an attempt at originality and inventiveness on 1-2 cards. Presentation is a rehash of other people's ideas and/or graphics and shows very little attempt at original thought.
Content - Accuracy All content throughout the presentation is accurate. There are no factual errors. Most of the content is accurate but there is one piece of information that might be inaccurate. The content is generally accurate, but one piece of information is clearly flawed or inaccurate. Content is typically confusing or contains more than one factual error.
Spelling and Grammar Presentation has no misspellings or grammatical errors. Presentation has 1-2 misspellings, but no grammatical errors. Presentation has 1-2 grammatical errors but no misspellings. Presentation has more than 2 grammatical and/or spelling errors.
Sequencing of Information Information is organized in a clear, logical way. It is easy to anticipate the type of material that might be on the next card. Most information is organized in a clear, logical way. One card or item of information seems out of place. Some information is logically sequenced. An occasional card or item of information seems out of place. There is no clear plan for the organization of information.
Use of Graphics All graphics are attractive (size and colors) and support the theme/content of the presentation. A few graphics are not attractive but all support the theme/content of the presentation. All graphics are attractive but a few do not seem to support the theme/content of the presentation. Several graphics are unattractive AND detract from the content of the presentation.
Effectiveness Project includes all material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the topic. It is a highly effective study guide. Project includes most material needed to gain a comfortable understanding of the material but is lacking one or two key elements. It is an adequate study guide. Project is missing more than two key elements. It would make an incomplete study guide. Project is lacking several key elements and has inaccuracies that make it a poor study guide.



dino conclus

After you have completed your documentary, you should have a more complete understanding on volcanoes have affected the lives of people throughout history and the benefits we get from the volcano.
As groups present their documentaries, did you see any similarities between how people in different regions live with volcanoes?  
Lastly, address the following questions in evaluating this project
  1. What was the most difficult part of creating the documentary?
  2. What was the easiest part?
  3. What was the most interesting thing my group learned about the volcano we chose?




dino credits
The following are web sites I used in creating this document
  • http://rubistar.4teachers.org/
  • http://geothermal.marin.org/
  • http://animfactory.com/
  • http://webquest.sdsu.edu/webquest.html
  • http://www3.flamingtext.com/









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