A WHOLE LOT OF SHAKING GOING ON 

A WebQuest for 8th Grade Designed by

KEVIN BURRESS
kevlburr@mars.utm.edu


Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teacher Page


Introduction

You’ve been told for years that West Tennessee is due for a big earthquake. Yes, we are on a time bomb that is still ticking. The New Madrid fault is real and still active. What will be the extent of the damage if we experience an earthquake similar to the 1811-1812 New Madrid Earthquakes? Can we prepare for such an earthquake like the one nearly 200 years ago?
 
 



The Task
Students should have an understanding of the following questions at the end of this assignment: 
 
  • What causes earthquakes?
  • What are some of the different types of earthquakes?
  • How did the 1811-1812 New Madrid earthquakes affect the area?
  • How would the West Tennessee area be affected by an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 or higher?
  • How can we prepare for an earthquake? 


The Process

Each student will be assigned to a group, consisting of four students. Each student will be assigned an individual task from the Task section above. Each group will have to complete one of the following tasks. 
1. First you'll be assigned to a group of 4 students.
2. Each group member will be assigned one task from the Task section above. 
3. Students should use their textbook, library materials, and the suggested web sites listed below to complete the task.


http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/prepare/structures.html
http://www.fema.gov/hazards/earthquakes/
http://hsv.com/genlintr/newmadrd/
http://asms.k12.ar.us/armem/richards/
http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/rockyhillms/NewMadrid.html http://www.thinkquest.org/library/site_sum.html?tname=C005686&url=C005686/htmfiles/eqtypes.htm
http://www.iris.edu/gifs/animations/faults.htm



Evaluation

The student will receive a grade based on the following rubric.


Beginning

5
Developing

10

Accomplished

15
Exemplary

20

Score

organization of ideas
very little organization of thought
some organization of thought
good organization  but could be   improved     
excellent job of thought process 
 

reason of conclusion
very little evidence given
some evidence given
much evidence for reason given
outstanding amount  of evidence given
 
evidence of resources used
very few resources used
some resources used
moderate amount of resources  used
many resources used


grammer and sentence structure

poor sentence structure many spelling errors
some spelling errors sentence structure fair
most words are free of spelling errors and most sentences are correctly written
excellent sentence structure perfect spelling
 



Conclusion
After completion of this project, the students should have a better appreciation of the possible dangers of an earthquake occurring on the New Madrid fault. Students will have a better understanding of the importance of earthquake preparedness. Also, the students will have gained knowledge on the different types of earthquake faults.
 



Credits & References

http://staffwww.fullcoll.edu/jchadwick/webquest/Earthquake%20Webquest.htm

http://pubs.usgs.gov/publications/text/understanding.html
http://quake.wr.usgs.gov/prepare/structures.html
http://www.fema.gov/hazards/earthquakes/
http://hsv.com/genlintr/newmadrd/
http://asms.k12.ar.us/armem/richards/  http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/schools/rockyhillms/NewMadrid.html
http://www.thinkquest.org/library/site_sum.html?tname=C005686&url=C005686/htmfiles/eqtypes.htm  http://www.iris.edu/gifs/animations/faults.htm




Last updated on October 15, 2003. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page