November 15 – 21
1) Lesson Plan Activity
Disaster Computer Simulation – This is an authentic learning activity using disaster-related language and themes. The 5 disaster choices are: tsunamis, floods, earthquakes, wildfires, and hurricanes. Students have an opportunity to experiment with cause-effect dynamics for tsunamis and other kinds of disasters, to solve problems, and to learn about different people’s roles in solving such problems.
2) Group work
Read about techniques for encouraging group work at http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/coopcollab/exploration.html and http://teaching.berkeley.edu/bgd/collaborative.html.
Here are some guidelines for students doing group work: http://employees.oneonta.edu/vomsaaw/w/handouts_general/GroupWorkGuidelines.htm
3) Nicenet discussions
How can you use this lesson to encourage discussion? What roles could you give students in this simulation when they work in groups?
Discuss your ideas with your classmates on Nicenet in the Week 7 Discussion Forum.